This is about the forces of law and order in Alachua and what we get for the dollars we invest in the criminal justice system of the county.
On a per capita basis, the comparison to other parts of the worldis not flattering…. Alachua county incarceration rate: 1,000 plus per 100,000 people Florida incarceration rate: 867 per 100,000 people United States incarceration population rate: 740 per 100,000 people Current world incarceration rate: 168 per 100,000 people
This is Alachua County Alachua County Jail/Work Release: 933/60 Alachua County Residents in State Prisons: 1,661 in prison 610 released from prison last year 19th of 68 counties in incarceration rates Parole and Probation: 1,978
Selected Jail Populations and Incarceration Rates by County in Florida Current world prison population rate: 168 per 100,000 people Makes you wonder how Canada can survive as a democracy with an incarceration ratio of about 113 per 100,000 County population figures are estimates of the April 1, 2009 population. Incarceration rates measure number incarcerated per 100,000 persons.
As if the incarceration ratio was not enough, the county is now building an annex to the jail to house more inmates
You would think that with such a high incarceration rate that this would be one of the safest places in the world The most recent statics show that Gainesville is safer than only 8 percent of the cities nationally with a population of 25,000 or more. That means that 92 percent of the cities in the U.S. are safer than Gainesville. The national median of violent crimes in the U.S. is 4.7 per 1,000 residents. Gainesville's median is 9.6, and Florida's median is 7.88. That means that in Gainesville your chance of being a target of violent crime is twice that of the national average.
This is the story of a birth in our county jail with an average population of 1,000 inmates Booked in May…. Gave birth July 4
Booked in May…. Gave birth July 4 12:16 p.m. Called 911 for ambulance 110:40 a.m. “Repeatedly and properly… asked to be taken to the hospital.” 3:10 p.m. Jail staff calls ambulance 2:30 p.m. Contractions 5 minutes apart 3:15 p.m. Baby girl delivered in jail 12:28 p.m. Ambulance turned away Time Line of Birth of Baby in Alachua County Jail
How did this happen? 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 did NOT happen because the “good ol’ boys” are still in charge in Alachua County…. Robert Woody Director of the Alachua County Jail Recognized State leader in corrections matters Sadie Darnel Sheriff Career Police Officer who retired from Gainesville Police Department
In spite of all this, and in seeming contradiction to it….. Alachua County also has one of the highest crime rates per capita in the state — ranking seventh in 2009 with 5,004 crimes per 100,000 residents, according to numbers reported to the FDLE. The highest rate is within the jurisdiction of the Gainesville Police Department - 5,988.7 crimes per 100,000 residents.
Why so much crime with such an incarceration ratio? Could it be that we are locking up the wrong people? Or could it be that our prisons and jails have become centers of higher criminality, turning non-violent offenders into violent offenders with improved criminal networking capacities?
Core Issues If the state prison incarceration profile is valid for Alachua then the average education level of those incarcerated is the 6th grade. If the state prison incarceration profile is valid for Alachua then over 60 percent of the inmate population has an addiction problem.