Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: December 03, 2019
Address
200 N Comal St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Beds
4563
County
Bexar
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
210-335-6219
Phone Carrier
Fax
210-335-6199
Facility Type
Adult
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Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 210-335-6219

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center is a medium-security detention center located at 200 N Comal St San Antonio, TX that is operated locally by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Bexar County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the San Antonio Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The mission of the Bexar County Adult Detention Center is to deliver detention services and operations necessary for the protection of society, provide a safe environment to the staff working in the building, and maintain the proper well-being of incarcerated persons.

To provide an environment for incarcerated persons in which correction of behavior is possible if the individual so desires. Such an environment shall include the protection of the incarcerated person from victimization within the facility.

To provide an environment for incarcerated persons that maintains the appropriate due process and internal legality necessary to protect an individual’s constitutional rights.

Adult Detention Center Unique Features

  • Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) posted 24 hours daily in each facility.
  • Classification Section can identify all problem detainees. Can coordinate with other facilities. Segregates difficult detainees.
  • Smoke free facilities.

Programs and Services

These are a few of the programs and services at the Adult Detention Facility.
To find out more about the programs, visit the Detainee Visitation & Information.

  • Law Library
  • Indoor/Outdoor Recreation
  • G.E.D. Classes
  • Art Classes
  • Commissary
  • Religious Services
  • Social Services
  • Television
  • Parenting and Life Skills Classes
  • Substance Abuse Classes
  • Medical and Dental Services
  • Detainee Workers in Kitchen and Laundry
  • Liberal Visitation Policy


To return the offender to society in a condition (physically, mentally, or any other manner) no worse than when the prisoner came into the facility.

To provide the courts, upon request, with information to and in sentencing decision.

To provide the necessary levels of security, appropriate detainee classification, and staff training to safely accomplish the preceding objectives.

Detainee Mail Communication

Mail is collected and delivered five (5) days per week (Monday through Friday) except on Federal holidays. Detainees may receive letters in any quantity; however, when contraband is mailed in letters (combs, cigarettes, non-acceptable or excessive photos, and other items deemed inappropriate or contraband, etc.) all of the contents of the mail will be returned to sender with a mail disposition notice indicating the reason the correspondence was not deliverable.

Any mail sent to a detainee after they are released or transferred will be returned to the sender.

Non-privileged correspondence: All incoming mail will be opened and inspected in the mail room. Polaroid pictures or any photo with a cardboard back are not allowed. Detainees are not allowed to possess more than six (6) photos and all correspondence containing more than six (6) photos will be returned to sender. Photos larger than 5” x 7” are not allowed.

Do not send cash, money orders, cashiers checks, or any other such item through the mail. The Bexar County Adult Detention Center Mail Room will return these items to the sender.

Detainees are authorized to receive some publications such as books, magazines, and newspapers as long as they come from a publishing company. Adult magazines such as Playboy, Hustler, etc. are not allowed. Any publications from family, friends, and local bookstores as well as internet sites are prohibited and all items will be returned to the sender.

Approved care packages can be ordered through ARAMARK’s iCare Program and will be sent directly to the detainee.

All items sent to detainees through the mail that are considered contraband will be returned to the sender. All illegal items will be confiscated.

Detainees housed in the Adult Detention Center may purchase stationary, envelopes, and postage stamps through the jail commissary.

Certified mail service is available through the mailroom. The detainee is responsible for the required postage.

Clothing

The Clothing Department strives to provide error free, high quality customer service on a 24 hour a day, 365 days per year schedule. The department maintains strong professional relationships with its internal and external customers. Its mission is to receive, store, safeguard, and release personal clothing and medicines that belong to incarcerated personnel. Last year, there were 32,804 documented intakes, and there were 86,946 documented transfers of property. The Clothing section is proud of their consistent accountability in property management.

Laundry

The Laundry Department provides laundry services for all detainees who are incarcerated at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center. They provide a daily work environment for detainee labor to wash, dry, and fold uniforms, bedding, smocks, mop heads, and sandals. The Laundry department personnel work in both the main jail facility and at the annex. The employees provide for laundry exchange services after laundry is washed and dried properly in accordance with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. There is a fairly large logistics effort considering that there may be 3,600 to 3,800 incarcerated detainees any day of the week. Gradually the department has been able to reduce the age of the equipment and improve the efficiency of the department. Last year, there were 2,812,945 pounds of laundry sorted, washed, dried, and folded. There were 239,450 exchanges of laundry. Finally, 2,480 detainees were utilized in the laundry operations.
Inmate Food & Commissary Services

The Commissary and Food Service Departments are separate departments that come under the management oversight of the Jail Support Services Division.

Food Services
Aramark is the vendor who provides food services to the Sheriff’s Office. They strive to provide consistent service to all customers, to include officers, detainees, and staff. They ensure that each customer receives prompt, professional, friendly, and courteous service. Every customer is treated with respect and dignity that they deserve. Over 12,000 meals are prepared and delivered on a daily basis.
Commissary Services

Keefe Group is the new vendor responsible for providing and delivering commissary, to include Securepak®. Individuals have the privilege of purchasing commissary items (hygiene, correspondence, food and drinks) twice a week from a cart in a direct point of sale system. Care packages (Securepak®) which can be purchased by family and friends for incarcerated individuals.

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Inmate Locator

Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Texas. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Bexar County Adult Detention Center - Visitation

Visitation Rules

  • The Video Visitation Center is located at 222 S. Comal, 2 blocks south of the Main Jail
  • It is open: Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - only to register, schedule or cancel visits.

Please read all of the rules completely prior to moving forward – Not knowing the rules will not be accepted as an excuse for not following them. Disobeying any rule may result in you being banned from visiting detainees or criminal charges being pursued when applicable.

  • Visits are a privilege.
  • All visits subject to monitoring and recording.
  • All visits must be scheduled 24 hours prior to the appointment or up to 1 week in advance.
  • Inmates may receive (2) twenty-minute visits per week; the week starts on Sunday.
  • Minor children (16 years or younger) may only visit on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • No more than (2) Adults and (1) minor child or (1) Adult and (2) minor children per visit on Saturday and Sundays or (2) Adults on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays.
  • When scheduling a visit, list the correct number of children and adults, no substitutions may be made the day of the visit.
  • The person scheduling the visit is considered the primary visitor and must be present at the time of check-in and for the visit.
  • A visitor can only visit the same inmate once per day.
  • All cancelations must be completed 24 hours in advance of the visit or it may count as a completed visit.
  • Repeat cancelations or no shows will be subject to evaluation and possible suspension of visits.
  • Visitors may be subject to a criminal warrants check.
  • Visits will last 20 minutes.
  • Please be advised if an inmate is in ANY program (at court, on trustee assignments, attorney visits, Bible studies, Chemical Dependency etc.), they are NOT eligible to receive the visit at that time. Please schedule your visits around the inmate's program schedule.
  • Visitors should arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment to check in but no more than 1 hour due to limited seating in the Video Visitation Center.
  • Visitors arriving late for a visit will have the visit cancelled and be advised to reschedule the visit for another day. Late means the visitor is not seated at the visitation monitor when the visit connects.
  • All visitors 17 years or older, must be registered and possess a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, State ID card, or Military Issued ID. Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice identification card is not accepted.
  • Appropriate dress is required at all times, such as but not limited to:
    • Appropriate footwear must worn, no bedroom slippers.
    • Skintight / Form-fitting clothes are not allowed.
    • Any clothing or other items displaying gang-related symbols, themes or colors are prohibited.
    • Any clothing containing vulgar or objectionable language or images are prohibited.
    • All visitors must wear undergarments at all times.
    • No torn jeans with exposed skin above the knee allowed.
    • No hats are to be worn in the Video Visitation Center, unless for medical or religious reasons.
    • No pajamas.
    • All buttons, snaps, and zippers will remain fastened.
    • No see-through clothing allowed.
    • No tank tops or sleeveless or low neckline shirts/blouses or shirts/blouses that expose the midriff. All shirts/blouses must be up to the collarbone area.
    • No clothing that exposes the breast/chest area, genitals, or buttocks.
    • No clothing by design, or by the manner in which it is worn, allows the anatomical detail of body parts to be clearly viewed (e.g.,clothes with holes in inappropriate places, or excessively tight clothing).
    • No skirts, dresses, or shorts more than 3” above the center of the knee in length when standing. This applies to all visitors regardless of age.
    • Video Visitation Supervisor is the final authority in determining appropriate dress.
  • Visitors and inmates must remain seated at all times during the visitation session. Small children, three (3) years old and younger, must remain on the visitor’s lap at all times.
  • Any inappropriate activity will result in termination of your session to include communicating with an inmate the visitor is not scheduled to visit.
  • Visitors involved in the following are subject to have visitation privileges suspended for a minimum of 30 days and up to a permanent visitation ban:
    • Visitors that create a disturbance or disruption in the visiting process.
    • Visitors appearing under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    • Visitors that refuse to show sufficient identification.
    • Visitors that act in an inappropriate manner during their visitation.
  • The visitation schedule may be cancelled or altered on county appointed holidays or for safety/security reasons.
  • Staff can deny, change, or cancel a visit at any time at their discretion.
  • Bringing firearms, explosives, alcoholic beverages, narcotics or any controlled substances including marijuana into this facility is a crime and cause for arrest.
  • Visitors are not allowed to carry cameras, tape recorders, purses, bags, diaper bags, backpacks, briefcases, cell phones, or any electronic device into the Video Visitation Center.
  • Coin-operated storage lockers are available for $1.00; no change is available at the Video Visitation Center.
  • No food, beverages or gum in the Video Visitation Center.
  • No loitering at the Video Visitation Center.
  • Only persons with a scheduled visit or using scheduling kiosks are allowed in the Video Visitation Center.
  • No Minors/Children shall be left unattended.
  • Each visitation session will show a timer to display the remaining time.
  • After your visit has ended your connection will automatically terminate.
  • Any violation is subject to suspension up to a permanent ban.
    • Video Visitation Supervisor is the final authority in determining appropriate consequence for the infraction.

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Facility Type

Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.

Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.

The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

The Bexar Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.

Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.

Custody/Security Level

The Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center is located in Texas and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 210-335-6219 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Bexar County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Texas

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Bexar County TX Adult Detention Center at 200 N Comal St, San Antonio, TX

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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