Former convicts and families of current prisoners protested Saturday on the steps of the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, demanding an investigation into an increase in the deaths of inmates in the facility, KSAT reported.
The TV station reported that deaths inside the jail in the past year were linked to medical complications and suicide; one murder was also committed. The report did not give the number of deaths inside the jail in 2019.
All of Us or None, a national civil rights organization, led the protests. Steven Huerta, executive director of the group’s San Antonio office, told KSAT that jail officials could do more to prevent deaths in the facility.
“While they were here [at the jail], there were so many things that could have been done to prevent that loss of life,” he said.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying that “this group has the right to peacefully assemble and we will ensure they are afforded the opportunity.”