The LWVSAA supports Bexar County Adult Detention Center (jail) which provides humane care and treatment for all its inmates in a secure environment.
Specifically we support:
1. Ratio of guards should be adequate for the security of the building and safety of the guards and inmates.
2. Guards should receive adequate compensation comparable to other law enforcement personnel.
3. A career plan needs to be developed to encourage better selection, training and retention of personnel.
4. Educational opportunities for inmates. We feel that inmates should attend some classes and that the classes should prepare the participants to deal with themselves and society. We support education to reduce recidivism.
5. A work program for the inmates.
6. Parole or bond to include personal recognizance bonds, in every case appropriate in order to lessen the crowded conditions in prisons.
7. Adequate health care for the inmates. (Rev. 2011)
8. Restitution to victims.
a. Input from the consumer as well as the professional in any comprehensive plan for the delivery of health care.
b. Enactment of state legislation to permit less restrictive models for practicing medicine (such as fee-for-service or fixed salary allowable in other states).
c. Continued evaluation and use when applicable of new techniques in the delivery of health care.
d. Use of paramedical personnel where possible.
e. Concern for transportation to and from the health facilities.
f. Decentralization of full service health care facilities.
g. Use of federal funds to implement the comprehensive plan for delivery of health care.
h. Use of bond issue to finance equipment for Bexar County Hospital District.
5. The LWVSAA supports the Bexar County Hospital District and its dual responsibility of caring for patients and of training medical personnel in conjunction with the University of Texas Health Science Center.
6. The LWVSAA feels that the hospital district needs adequate funding in order to fulfill its function of providing medical care, of training physicians and other medical personnel, and of pursuing research projects.
7. The LWVSAA would support increased funding for the hospital district by increasing state aid, by increasing federal assistance, by increasing patient charges and by joint fundraising projects. We feel that increasing the ad-valorem tax should be a last-resort measure.
8. We believe that the education of physicians is the function of the state as a whole, as these physicians serve the entire state; and that counties lacking a hospital district should pay their fair share of the costs, especially for patients resident in their counties. We believe the care of indigent and of resident aliens is also a responsibility of the state.
9. The LWVSAA supports the right of all persons who are seriously mentally ill to have access to services designed to help them reach and maintain an optimal level of functioning in the least restrictive environment. (See expanded position in State Program.)
10. The LWVSAA supports a basic level of health care for those of lesser means. (See expanded position in State Program.)