Bexar County Struggles with Jail Overcrowding

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Bexar County criminal justice officials are expediting cases and setting up temporary beds to handle an overflow of inmates following the Memorial Day weekend.

The Bexar County Jail's inmate population reached more than 4600 yesterday, exceeding its capacity by 316 beds. The jail was already above capacity before the busy holiday weekend.

Bexar County has grown by more than 370,000 people since the jail was built in 1988, according to U-S Census Bureau.

Dennis McKnight, the county's jail administrator, says the overcrowding problem is, in his words, "beyond critical."

But he said as of yesterday everyone had a bed.

The county obtained an extra 64 beds from the American Red Cross on Friday. Some inmates were already housed in nearby counties.