This is the time line of a birth in the Alachua county Jail.
Booked in May…..Gave birth on July 4
10:40 am: “Repeatedly and properly…asked to be taken to the hospital.”
12:16 pm: Called 911 for an ambulance.
12:28 pm: Ambulance turned away by the jail staff.
2:30 pm: Contractions 5 minutes apart
3:10 pm: Jail staff calls ambulance
3:15 pm: Baby girl delivered in jail.
•It happened in a county of 250,000 residents where over 80,000 residents are college and university students that represent the best and the brightest of the State.
•It happened in a county where the economic engines are education, medicine and government.
•It happened in a county which by any standards is predominantly well-educated, professional by occupation, financially comfortable, and politically liberal.
It happened in county with an incarceration ratio of over 1,000 per 100,000 population which is higher than the state average. In a state that had a higher average than the USA who had the highest average in the world.
It did not happen because the “good-ol boys” are still in charge.