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Face-to-face jail visits could soon be a thing of the past in Bexar County.
Tuesday, the Bexar County Commissioner's Court will vote on an "inmate video visitation system". It's a plan that's been in the works since 2010.
If approved, this means visitors will be able to only see their loved ones behind bars on a screen-not in person.
According to deputies, this is a good thing because people won't have to wait in line as long, and it'll also improve security and safety at the jail.
"This has been a challenge for the Bexar County Jail for over five, six, seven years. The jail population has increased. That has put more strain and demands on the man power as well as the family members who want to come visit their loved ones," said Raul BanascoJail Administrator, Bexar County Sheriff's Office.
According to county commissioners, the system installation itself will cost around $2.2 million. The estimated total for the entire project is around $5 million, and that's including the building for the system.
Multiple sources confirm that the Spurs were able to land David West, one of the most desirable names left in the free agent market.
West opted out of a $12 million player option with the Pacers to sign with a team he thinks will win a championship. The two-time All-Star has expressed a desire to play with true contenders as he pursues what would be the first title of his career.
Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports tweeted, “So many talk about taking less money to win, but few go the distance like David West did. Walks away from $12M with Pacers to take $1.4M.”
West was also being offered the mini-mid level exception from Cleveland and the mid-level exception from Washington, but he chose even less to sign with San Antonio.
West, 34, brings physicality, a nice mid-range game and plenty of postseason experience. He has played with the former New Orleans Hornets and the Pacers. In 66 games with Indiana last season, West averaged 11.7 points on 47.1% shooting, while grabbing 6.8 rebounds and passing for 3.4 assists per game. West did all this while playing 28.7 minutes per game.
This news comes after Manu Ginobili announced he would be making a return to San Antonio for one more season. With West and Ginobili on board, the Spurs’ roster count is up to 10 players. San Antonio likely needs three more big men to fill in depth on the frontline, a wing player for the departure of Marco Belinelli, and a point guard for the departure of Cory Joseph.
SAN ANTONIO – It’s best 4th of July celebration in town!
We invite you to join us for the annual July 4th Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park. The festivities will kick off Saturday, July 4th at 8 a.m. with a zumba-thon. Then comes a parade at 11 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at noon. There will be live music and food for the whole family to enjoy.
The fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30 pm.
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