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!
Bexar County Commissioners Court
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.
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.
Since 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.
2015 JOB DATA REPORTS 3.5 PERCENT GROWTH OVER THE YEAR WHILE YEAR ENDS WITH 3.5 PERCENT JOBLESS RATE
Workforce Solutions Alamo releases December Jobs Report
(January 22, 2015) San Antonio, Texas--
Workforce Solutions Alamo released information this morning indicating that the San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area (SA MSA) job market experienced some job losses from November to December 2015 as Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment decreased by -1,800 jobs (0.2%) to 998,900. Since December 2014, a strong 33,600 jobs was added to the MSA for an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent. The jobless rate dropped again to 3.5 percent in December, down from 3.8 percent reported in November for the Alamo region.
"Once again the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA ended the year with strong job growth and a low unemployment rate," said Gail L. Hathaway, Executive Director-- Workforce Solutions Alamo, "We encourage any persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them to please visit one of our Career Centers so we can help navigate them in the appropriate direction."
Multiple industries reported no job changes between November and December. Those included Mining and Logging (Oil and Gas), Manufacturing, Information, Professional and Business Services and Government. With the exception of Mining and Logging, each of these industries reports an annual increase in jobs between December 2014 and December 2015 for a total of 10,200 additional jobs in the MSA. Mining and Logging reports -700 job losses (-8.2%) over-the-year.
Job losses were reported in Leisure and Hospitality, a seasonal occurrence, with -3,100 jobs (-2.5%) between November and December. Financial Activities lost -400 jobs (-0.5%) and Others Services lost -200 jobs (-0.6%). All three industries report annual gains of 4,700 jobs (4.1%), 4,300 jobs (5.2%) and 700 jobs (2.0%) respectively.
Job gains occurred in Trade, Transportation and Utilities with 1,200 more jobs (0.7%) in December; Construction added 300 jobs (0.6%); and, Education and Health Services added 400 jobs (0.3%).
Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo metro area to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate decreased to 4.2 percent in December, down from 4.5 percent in November. The nation's unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate stayed at 4.8 percent in December, the same reported in November. Comparatively, the state and nation release seasonally adjusted unemployment rates with Texas increasing to 4.7 percent in December and the nation's unemployment rate holding at 5.0 percent.
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