Welcome to the Bexar County Reentry Website!

We are pleased that you chose to visit this site and hope that it will be helpful to you. Here at Bexar County we believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to change or overcome the things that brought them into the criminal justice system. They deserve a second chance to experience a much more functional life as employed citizens realizing their maximum potential in life. The Bexar County Reentry Program can increase the level of employability, help offenders obtain higher educational levels and/or vocational training and give them a pride of ownership in our community.

If we work together we can have a brighter future for all of our community and meet our goal of reducing recidivism. By accomplishing this goal, we will reduce the costs of incarceration and increase public safety while helping our formerly incarcerated to become contributing members of society. Their successful reentry is definitely a win-win for everyone!

Thank you!

Bexar County Commissioners Court

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Mission

The mission of the Bexar County Reentry Program is to provide support for individuals re-entering Bexar County after incarceration. The Bexar County Reentry Program is supported by the Reentry Council formed June 2008 by Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson. The goal of the Council is to find safe and effective ways to reduce the habitual relapse into crime (recidivism), save tax payer money, and reinvest back into the Reentry Services.

Bexar County Justice Center

The Reentry Council consists of 262 members from 89 organizations (city, county, state, federal, non-profit, and for-profit), private citizens, and neighborhood organizations. The Council consists of several committees, each with a specific focus: Employment and Education; Housing and Social Services; Substance Abuse and Mental Health; Restorative Justice; Faith-based Organizations; Legislative Issues; and Research and Evaluation.

Accomplishments

Graph of Jail Population: 81% of those booked into the Bexar County Jail return to the JailSince beginning work in 2008, the Reentry Program has developed a referral card with important phone numbers for individuals released from the County Jail and a web-based Reentry Resource Directory. Two positions were introduced with a focus on developing release plans, setting appointments and referrals, and providing Reentry programming. The Council has hosted statewide Reentry Legislative Forums in San Antonio to discuss legislative issues having an impact on recidivism. The Reentry Council helped to implement specialty courts: Veterans Treatment Court, Reentry Court, and Co-Occurring Disorders Court.

The dedication and focus of the Reentry Council has resulted in a savings of $12 million in jail costs.

News

JOB DECREASES OVER THE MONTH WHILE ANNUAL JOB GROWTH REMAINS STRONG

Workforce Solutions Alamo releases July Labor Market Report

(August 17, 2015) San Antonio, Texas- Workforce Solutions Alamo released information today indicating that the San Antonio metro area unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.9 percent in July, up from 3.8 percent in June but much less than the 5.0 percent registered last year July 2014. Total non-agricultural employment in the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA decreased by -2,300 jobs (-0.2%) over-the-month to 980,000, while annual job growth remained positive with 30,700 more jobs in the metro region (3.2%) since July 2014.

"Job opportunities remain abundant," said Workforce Solutions Alamo Executive Director, Gail L. Hathaway. "Employers are seeking individuals to fill the growing gaps within their environments. We are working to expand Apprenticeship programs, training in demand areas and work-experiences for the emerging workforce to fill these gaps."

The largest job losses were in Local Government at -5,700 jobs (-3.5%), not uncommon for this time of year as public schools continue to release workers from payrolls for summer breaks. Education and Health Services reports -2,000 less jobs (-1.3%) and Manufacturing lost -700 jobs (-1.5%) since June.

Job growth over the month happened in Leisure and Hospitality adding 2,600 more jobs (2.0%); Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 2,200 jobs (1.3%); Construction continues to grow rapidly with 800 more jobs (1.6%); and Professional and Business Services has 600 more jobs (0.5%) over-the-month.

Construction reports and annual growth rate of 10.1% over-the-year; Leisure and Hospitality a 6.8% growth; and, Financial Activities a 4.2% growth since this same time last year.

Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo metro area to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent in July, up from 4.4 percent in June. The nation's unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate also increased to 5.6 percent in July, up from 5.5 percent reported in June. Comparatively, the state and nation release seasonally adjusted unemployment rates with Texas holding at 4.2 percent in July, and the nation's unemployment rate holding at 5.3 percent in July.

About Workforce Solutions Alamo

The mission of Workforce Solutions Alamo is to build a premier workforce in America by providing employers and residents with the opportunities, resources and services to develop and gain a competitive edge in the global economy. Workforce Solutions Alamo reaches over 40,000 businesses and more than 2 million residents in the City of San Antonio and the counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Guadalupe, Gillespie, Karnes, Kerr, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties. For more information on available workforce programs and services, visit our website at www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org.

The San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA is comprised of the counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.

Note: Only the actual/unadjusted series unemployment rate estimates for Texas and the US are comparable to sub-state employment rates, taking into account seasonal changes. Adjusted rates released by the state and the nation are calculated by smoothing out the changes in unemployment due to the typical seasonal hiring's and layoff's.

Data Sources: Labor Market Department, Texas Workforce Commission, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and US Department of Labor