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Bexar County sheriff works to prevent jail suicides

from Star-Telegram

For Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, mental illness is personal. She learned sensitivity for mental illness from him and from a brother who was bipolar, long before there was a name for the condition. As an adult, she endured emotional and physical abuse from a husband who committed suicide the day she finally left him in 1978.

So when recent data showed the Bexar jail had the highest number of suicides in the state, Pamerleau was taken aback. While it's acknowledged that in previous years, the jail had difficulty handling inmates with mental illness concerns, Pamerleau's administration has made numerous changes to help improve the situation. more

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