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San Antonio Community Resource Directory

Post-conviction relief is a procedure that allows the defendant in a criminal case to bring more evidence or raise additional issues in a case after a judgment has been made (post-trial). With valid grounds, post-conviction relief can help a convicted individual obtain a fair resolution in their case.

As an independent and autonomous part of the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) conducts objective reviews of final convictions to determine whether some manifest injustice has occurred that may be corrected by the procedures provided by post-conviction law.

Post-conviction relief comes in two forms: equitable relief and legal relief.

Equitable relief may be granted if:

  • the conviction is not contested, but
  • the client presents a compelling and/or sympathetic situation. (Why does this person deserve relief? What is keeping this person from taking their next steps? How has this person changed since the offense (treatment, counseling, etc)? Letters from the community in support of relief are key here.

Legal relief may be granted if:

  • there has been a conviction, and
  • there is a credible legal claim (e.g., My attorney didn’t communicate with me. New evidence or evidence that went untested at the time of my trial shows that I'm innocent, etc.).

When a case is accepted, the CIU prepares an internal proposal/memorandum and presents it to the District Attorney for approval.

Even if a case does not end in an exoneration or an expunction, it can still be beneficial to the applicant.

Also note:

  • The CIU cannot review every case where there is a bare claim of innocence.
  • There is no magic formula; each case is different.
  • The CIU cannot give legal advice to a defendant or a defendant's family members.
  • It would be best to have your claim presented by a lawyer who is experienced in post-conviction criminal work.
  • The Innocence Project of Texas and similar organizations can be extremely helpful in presenting new claims.
  • The more proof that a conviction was wrongful, the more likely we are to review the case. Documents that support that claim are also helpful.
  • When CIU accepts a case for review, it will be open-minded and objective.

Click here to learn more and submit a case for review.

CIU Office Hours Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED (Excluding County Holidays)
Matthew B Howard - sistant District Attorney Send email
(210) 335-2418

Jail diversion community mental health program that provides immediate assessment for mental health treatment for misdemeanor pre-trial cases to include: psychiatric medication management and comprehensive community support services.

Judicial referrals only.

Mental Health & Specialty Programs @ San Saba Building
(210) 261-3100

Assists individuals in Felony and misdemeanor drug courts to improve their quality of life and further reduce recidivism by incorporating community based case management services, psychiatric medication management, counseling, and skills training.

Judicial referrals only.

Mental Health & Specialty Programs @ San Saba Building
(210) 261-3100

A federal mandate specifies that incarcerated individuals have access to religious services. Staff chaplains, as well as volunteers from many faith communities and the professional community provide worship services in 9 local detention and treatment facilities, as well as pastoral care as needed.

Chrysalis Ministries
(210) 299-4540

The FRC service family members of the incarcerated and individuals formerly incarcerated with:

  • Assistance with basic needs (food, clothing, transportation, ID cards, etc.
  • Employment assistance through job readiness, and job referrals.
  • Regular support group meetings.
  • Substance recovery classes.
  • Chaplaincy services.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Mental health counseling.
  • Public utilities assistance (when funding is available).
  • Parenting classes.
  • Anger management classes.
  • Art therapy for victims of domestic violence.
  • Identification
  • Proof of incarceration
Family Renewal Center
(210) 299-4540

Reentry classes, character development, substance recovery, and anger management classes are provided in most facilities served.

See website for list of facilities served.

Chrysalis Ministries
(210) 299-4540

Ready to Work is unprecedented. No other city in the nation is supporting its residents like we are. With over $110 million in tuition assistance, hundreds of employers, training providers and colleges, community organizations and workforce agencies, we are in it together, for you.

Ready to Work makes continuing your education and finding a quality job easier for you. Your personal Ready to Work coach will help you with every step of the process, from understanding your specific situation, coaching you through career and education planning, enrolling and paying for your classes, increasing your confidence and soft skills, updating your resume, preparing you for interviews, connecting you to new job opportunities, and helping you thrive in your job.

Your journey begins with step one – Register online, call 3-1-1, or visit a Ready To Work Partner Agency.

Our full list of programs can be found here.

Our full list of employers can be found here.

Our Partner Agency, Chrysalis Ministries, provides hands-on case management services to help for inmates and their families as they overcome the consequences of incarceration. Eligibility Requirements can be found here.

Services include:

  • Intake
  • Assessment
  • Case Management
  • Referrals for Training
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Cynthia Rivera - Programs Director Send email
(210) 299-4540

The Center provides psychiatric and wraparound services for psychosocial rehabilitation, community referrals for medical and substance abuse treatment, peer support and social assistance. Referrals for dual diagnosed clients are received through the Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Courts. This program serves adults ages 18-65.

By rehabilitating non-violent offenders with substance abuse and mental health issues, drug courts reduce costs of confinement while we help people rebuild stable, productive lives. Participants are subjected to rigorous drug testing, probation visits, and 90 to 180 days of residential treatment. To graduate from the program, participants must attain a high school diploma or GED and secure full-time work.

CHCS Clinicians work within the Bexar County’s Justice Intake & Assessment Annex 24/7 to assess arrested individuals with mental health and/or substance use needs.

Eligible individuals are given the opportunity to participate in outpatient treatment via a Personal Recognizance (PR) bond release.

Justice Intake and Assessment Annex (JIAA)
(210) 335-5198

We offer court mandated Theft Prevention classes.

Each class is offered monthly. Phone or email for times, fees and other details.
Jessica Zimmermann and Deborah Martinez Send email
(210) 268-5211
0.94 miles away, 222 S Comal, San Antonio, TX, 78207 , D5

Individuals returning from a period of incarceration or who are on probation or parole and are looking to plan their personal comeback can find assistance at the Bexar County Reentry Center.

Our Reentry team can help you increase your level of employability, obtain higher educational levels, and acquire specialized job training. A variety of other services and resources are also available to you as well.  Call us for an appointment!

Available services include:

  • Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) classes
  • Anger Management Classes
  • Battering Intervention Prevention Program (BIPP) Classes through CATS
  • Cite & Release
  • Food, Clothing, and Hygiene Supplies
  • Free MRT Classes
  • GED Placement, Testing, and Tutoring
  • Government Benefits Enrollment
  • ID Recovery
  • Interview Prep and Job Search Assistance
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Readiness and Resume Writing
  • Job Training Programs
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Recovery Coaching for Substance Use Disorder
  • Spiritual Guidance and Networking
  • Trauma Support Groups for Men & Women
  • Utility Assistance
  • Veteran Services
  • Other Specialized Services

This program is for formerly incarcerated individuals who need resources to successfully transition back into the community.


Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 500 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED Appointments are preferred.

Addressing violence and abuse through networking, client education and empowerment.

We work with the offender population in the Bexar County that are first-time arrestees on domestic violence charges and who are eligible for PR Bond, to educate about domestic violence, to promote healthy relationships, to lower recidivism rates, and intervene in the cyclical nature of domestic violence within the criminal justice system.

Nine two hour sessions involve learning about their responsibilities and options with regard to stopping domestic violence, child custody, parental obligations, as survivors and or perpetrators of domestic violence, etc.

Court-mandated students only.

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Patricia S Castillo, LMSW - Executive Director Send email
(210) 533-2729

Are you ready to leave the past behind and start over? For those who want to start a new life, a better life, Changin' Lives is here to offer resources, to listen, and to let you know that you are not alone. We work through your challenges to help you reach your goals.

We want to help you become a self-sufficient, successful, productive citizen of our community by connecting you with felony-friendly employers, affordable housing resources, medical and social services referrals, mentoring, and one-on-one client case management.

By appointment only. Please call during business hours to schedule an appointment.


Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dolores (Bianca) Castoreno - CEO
(210) 797-4343

New Life Ministry is a support group that brings a message of faith, hope, justice and reconciliation to all who are affected by crime, violence and addiction, whether they are offenders, victims, family members of incarcerated individuals, or public servants.


Tuesday: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jason Martinez
(210) 502-8121

New Life Ministry is here for the purpose of giving people who are dealing with incarceration, hope, healing and support. The setting provides a structured way for people to share their stories and gain perspective from others through their experiences. It also provides support and knowledge of what is happening to their loved one in prison when they have no clue as to what is going on due to this being the first time dealing with incarceration.

New Life Ministry is for all those that need to know that they do not have to go through it alone.

1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month: 7:00 PM - Church Hall
Jerry Camargo
(210) 896-7438
Alicia Campbell
(210) 577-8143

New Life Ministry is a support group that brings a message of faith, hope, justice and reconciliation to all who are affected by crime, violence and addiction, whether they are offenders, victims, family members of incarcerated individuals, or public servants.


1st & 3rd Tuesday: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jerry Camargo
(210) 896-7438

Crosspoint provides a structured residential environment for individuals referred by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Probation Office or U.S. Pretrial Services.

Accountability is the foundation for this service model. Residents are held accountable for their behavior and progress throughout the program while staff is accountable for adhering to procedures that promote public safety. Every resident undergoes assessment and individualized program planning. After a short in-house orientation period the resident receives additional privileges which allow him/her to become further integrated into the community.

Measures of program progress include:

  • obtaining employment
  • development of a realistic budget
  • improving family and community support systems
  • remaining drug and alcohol-free
  • development of a stable residential plan

The Crosspoint experience helps reduce recidivism and the attendant societal and economic costs by utilizing integrated, evidence-based services.

Crosspoint strives to forge the essential alliance between criminal justice supervision, community service providers and other community stakeholders to provide our clients with the resources and guidance necessary to lead productive lives and achieve restoration of citizenship.

Restoration of the individual, the family and the community at large is paramount and Crosspoint allows for individual restoration through community service projects, faith-based services, structured programming and supportive relationship with our staff.

Referral from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Probation Office, or U.S. Pretrial Services

Elisa Lopez-Canseco - Program Administrator
(210) 225-0864

We will provide affordable housing for the formerly incarcerated as well as supportive services such as assistance with application fees, down payments and deposits.

Formerly incarcerated.

We will partner with other organizations to aid in career searches and career placement services.

Formerly incarcerated.

We offer the following classes:

  • DWI
  • Anger management
  • Theft
  • Life skills
  • Resume building
  • Computer classes

We endeavor to partner with local school districts and community colleges to provide higher levels of education.

Formerly incarcerated.

We have a man to man mentoring program called Mentoring Big Brothers which is designed to match mentees with male mentors whom have had a brush with "the law" but have made a decision to transform their life and become productive members of society.

New Life Ministry (NLM) is an active program that provides continued support for families. See the website for active NLM Support groups at the local parishes.

Free for all.

St. Leo the Great 4415 S. Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78214 St. Timothy Catholic Church 1515 Saltillo St, San Antonio, TX 78207 St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 2829 Ackerman Rd, Kirby, TX 78219 Christ the King 2610 Perez St, San Antonio, TX 78207 Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church-New Braunfels 386 N. Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Jerry Whitley - Deacon, Director of Criminal Justice Ministry Send email
Friar Clay Hunt, III - Chaplain, Criminal Justice Ministry Send email
(210) 488-4134
4.78 miles away, PO Box 90566, San Antonio, TX, 78209 , D10

Kairos Outside is designed to support the families of men, women, and youth who are, or have been incarcerated in the country’s state and federal correctional facilities.

KO can help bolster the loved ones who are supporting those incarcerated persons. We believe that the families of the incarcerated are “doing time” right along with their loved ones. Kairos Outside is intended to let those families know that there is a community that cares about them and their needs.

We provide a safe place for women to share with each other, and with those who are empathetic to their situation, their struggles and concerns. The women on the outside, in many ways, have to be stronger than their relative(s) on the inside to survive in today’s world.

We hope Kairos Outside will help them find strength for their life journey and give them a chance to find and build relationships that may last a lifetime.

Must apply to attend.

Click here for more information.

No cost to guests. Donations accepted.

Rose Mary Pena - Chair Send email
Nora Gonzales - Weekend Leader Send email

All regularly scheduled services will be held online only.

You can find our live stream services on YouTube by searching The Potter's House San Antonio.

Services will be live at our regular times (Sun, 10:30am & 7:00pm;
Wed, 7:00) and can also be viewed later.

Choose to Change Mentoring is a program offered by the Choose to Change Foundation. We work directly with men coming out of prison and/or men struggling with drugs and alcohol. We are a self-supporting, Christian based program that meets on a weekly basis (one hour meetings). We believe in the life-changing power of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Through our meetings and events, we teach personal development, personal responsibility, and life skills. Drug and alcohol education are key elements of all our programs, classes & events. Membership is completely free but we do encourage donations from our members and anyone that believes in what we do.

Our mentoring program is designed to give people a starting point to a better future. We do not claim to have all the answers but be assured that we do have answers.

A.C.D.C = Accountability, Consistency, Discipline & Courage. These are the core values at the forefront of our program. People, especially men, will be challenged to become more than they ever thought possible. This will be accomplished through our structured weekly meetings, events and a “60 day mentoring challenge” that is available to all members. We believe that people simple need to be inspired, challenged and equipped to believe in what sometimes might seem like impossibilities in their lives.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program. Please take a few minutes to read through the rest of this page. If you would like a closer look at what we do and why we do it, please give us a call or come by one of our weekly meetings or events. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kevin Godley - Program Director
(210) 863-3340

A faith-based Christian outreach organization that ministers to and provides rehabilitation services for people who are struggling with addiction.

Office Hours Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Jubal Garcia - Pastor
(210) 434-2774

This unique program gives you an opportunity to share God’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.

For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ.

Monday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Marilyn Lately - President
(210) 433-5636

To involve God’s people in bringing healing, wholeness and peace to victims, offenders and ex-offenders, and communities and those affected by crime by providing Pen Pals, bibles, spiritual reading material and funds to their commissary account for stamps, and writing material.

To encourage participation of the entire congregation to be a part of Restorative Justice through prayer, donations, and action. To bring awareness to members of the need to become aware and involved in justice for all God’s people where they see justice is not being demonstrated.

Meetings are held once a quarter on the 3rd Thursday of the month to do mass mail outs.

Monday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Jerry Dailey - President
(210) 433-5636

We are open by appointment only.

Mask required

Our mission at SouthWest Tattoo Removal is to provide low-cost tattoo removal that opens more and better job opportunities, to obtain employment or enter the military or police force free from prejudice or discrimination.

By providing free or low-cost laser tattoo removal, SouthWest Tattoo Removal helps previously incarcerated individuals and victims of trafficking create positive employment opportunities and improve their lives.

For a free online consultation, send a photo of your tattoo to (210) 420-8385 or email us here.

General services begin at $45 per session.

Special pricing is in effect for students, those on probation or unemployed due to tattoos that show.

Discount pricing is also available for individuals without gang, abuse, or trafficking related tattoos, who wish to support the organization's mission.

By appointment only; no walk-ins.
Loretta Kent, RN BSN MBA MAP - CEO Send email

Course participants will gain a thorough understanding of the emotion of anger as it relates to learned behavior, brain chemistry and subconscious imagery. Topics include: identifying and defining negative emotions, sources of anger, mind-brain connections, anger logs, addiction cycles, wrong strategies, methods for controlling anger, relationship types, the importance of a higher power, insightful concepts and tools for overcoming negative anger.

Life Skills for Living's Anger Management class is Bexar County Court approved.

Must be at least 12 years old.

  • Six-hour Saturday accelerated class: $60.00
  • One-on-one in person class: $60.00 session. (number of sessions determined by client and facilitator).
  • Two-hour group class: $25.00 per class. (typically requires four classes to complete program).
  • Six-hour online Anger Management class: $50.00.
Jay Burchfield - Program Director Send email
(210) 804-0085

Everyone will experience conflicts in their life. The word "conflict" will usually create negative thoughts. However, conflict can be positive as well as negative. Negative conflicts are disruptive, destructive and require a lot of energy. Positive conflicts can be a learning tool from which individuals can learn, grow and become closer in their relationship. Our staff includes certified conflict resolution specialists to help resolve and mediate disputes that become undesirable conflicts.

Must be at least 12 years old.

  • Six-hour Saturday accelerated class: $60.00.
  • One-on-one in person class: $60.00 session. (number of sessions determined by client and facilitator).
  • Two-hour group class: $25.00 per class. (typically requires four classes to complete program).
Jay Burchfield - Program Director Send email
(210) 804-0085