Bexar County Jail's Fatal Flaws Come to Light
Published: June 5, 2013
TEXAS' FAILURE TO FUND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT LEAVES HUNDREDS STRANDED IN JAILS AROUND THE STATE
WHY HAVE JAIL SUICIDES SOARED UNDER SHERIFF ORTIZ'S WATCH?
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP COMPLAINS OF EXORBITANT CHARGING FOR RECORDS AT THE BEXAR COUNTY JAIL
E-N ANALYSIS SHOWS MORE MISMANAGEMENT OF BEXAR COUNTY JAIL UNDER ORTIZ
U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT SOUGHT TO SCREEN BEXAR COUNTY JAIL VISITORS
FAMILY SEEKS ANSWERS IN JAIL DEATH
BEXAR JAIL SUICIDES: SHERIFF ORTIZ AND KSAT MISREPRESENTING ALLEGED ‘MISREPRESENTATIONS’
QUESTIONS REMAIN AFTER BEXAR COUNTY JAIL DETOX DEATH
BEXAR COUNTY JAIL OVERCROWDING … ITS’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD
UHS FOUGHT WITH BEXAR COUNTY JAIL ABOUT OVER-CROWDING, SUICIDE RISK
Thomas Taylor wasn’t well the night he climbed Bexar County jail’s front steps last summer.
The 30-year-old electrician battled drug addiction for much of his adult life, drawn to the dulling effects of narcotic pain pills and Xanax. For years, Taylor tried to get clean, taking Suboxone — a synthetic opioid, like methadone — and enrolling in short rehab stints.
Nothing helped for long. Taylor told family, friends, and his probation officers he needed long-term treatment to kick the habit. Following his arrest in Bexar County last April, when cops caught him driving high after scoring some pills from a local dealer, Taylor thought he’d found a solution: he’d serve time in Hays, Guadalupe, and Bexar county jails to get off probation. With the charges behind him, Taylor’s family planned to send him to an intensive six-month rehab program in Arizona that came highly recommended. Taylor had tried the place once before, but authorities in Texas came calling and forced him back months early, threatening to revoke his probation.
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