In 2000, Bexar County was facing a severe jail overcrowding problem. As a result, the state was considering taking over operations of the jail, and the federal government was threatening to issue sanctions until appropriate conditions were met. County commissioners were facing the possibility of having to build 1,000 new jail beds. Instead, they supported what would become the Bexar County Jail Diversion Program. Today, the jail is about 1,000 people below capacity, and Bexar County has become a national model for jail diversion for people with mental illnesses.