Salazar Administration Tries to Con the Public
KSAT 12 posted an article that highlights the extreme situation at the Bexar County Jail. We know there is a lot to pick from but in this case the topic was about the huge number of erroneous releases the jail has had and why this is occurring. From January 2019 to the end of October, a 10-month period, the Bexar County Jail has erroneously released 16 inmates.
On October 31, when Sheriff Salazar introduced his new detention chief, Jaime Rios, Chief Rios said the following in regards to the issue:
“Same problems you’re going to have here, you will have in Harris County, you will have in Tarrant County, you have in Travis. You’re going to have the same issues, the same problems.”
Is anyone surprised to learn this statement, by someone Javier Salazar thinks is qualified, is false?
KSAT Outs Lies by Salazar Administration
Dillon Collier, with KSAT 12 Defenders, must have laughed himself silly over this since it was happening while he was in Austin asking administrators at the Travis County Jail about their erroneous release rate. The title of Dillon’s article tells you everything you need to know. “The Travis County Jail averages fewer than 2 erroneous releases a year. Bexar County had 2 in 13 hours.”
The truth is, this is no laughing matter. We’ve been lucky so far that someone who should have been in jail, but instead was erroneously released, hasn’t hurt or even killed a person. That luck is not going to last forever. (We highly recommend that you watch the video and read the article KSAT put out. Link is above).
The Blame Rests on Salazar’s Shoulders
As usual, Sheriff Salazar came up with all kinds of reasons why this happening, none of which had anything to do with him but he is the main problem. He is not capable of running an organization of this size. We doubt he should ever be placed over anyone. Sheriff Salazar is a follower, not a leader.
These kinds of mistakes didn’t happen at this level under other sheriffs. They told KSAT that the jail didn’t start tracking the numbers until November of 2017 so there is no record, but erroneous releases have to be reported to Jail Standards so there is a record. We think they just didn’t want that information found because it would show the sharp spike in erroneous releases since Salazar took office. But think about it people. Do you remember this kind of news before Salazar? There were some, sure, but if it had been at this level it would have been big news just like it is under Salazar.
Sheriff Salazar Knows it’s His Fault
Salazar knows his excuses are starting to fall flat. You can only go so long blaming everyone and everything under the sun before people start realizing you are the real problem. The Defenders requested an on-camera interview. Those are usually done with the interviewee having to field whatever question is asked. The interviewer doesn’t want a scripted answer, he wants the Sheriff’s true feelings and beliefs on whatever is being asked.
But this time, a spokesperson for the BCSO asked for the questions in advance. When The Defenders refused the request, the BCSO put out a statement instead. So now Salazar has resorted to hiding behind his walls and his spokesperson. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office needs real leadership, not someone cowering in a corner.