Not sure how I missed this story when it first came out on July 10. Have been trying to contact the family with no luck. I assume this poor guy was using medically. He was in jail for misdemeanor marijuana possession. What a travesty. No one should ever have to go to jail for marijuana….especially those who are ill and using it for relief.
Man dies in Baldwin Co. Jail; Family Warned of Fragile Health
Saturday, July 10, 2010, 8:06 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 3:59 PM
Connie Baggett, Press-Register
BAY MINETTE — Family members said they warned officers to no avail about the fragile health of a 32-year-old Eight Mile man who died in the Baldwin County Corrections Center early Friday.
Jacob Ashley Jordan was found dead in his cell at about 1 a.m., according to a news release issued Friday by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Anthony Lowery said Jordan had a “pre-existing medical condition,” had been moved into the jail’s medical wing and was treated by nurses. Jordan was in his cell at the time of his death, Lowery said.
He declined to give details, citing privacy laws that protect medical information, but did say there was “no evidence of any physical injury.”
The early investigation indicated that Jordan was booked into the county jail on July 2 after being transferred from the Mobile Metro Jail on a second-degree possession of marijuana charge and hunting violations, Lowery said in the release. Late Thursday afternoon Jordan began experiencing health problems and was moved into the medical block for treatment and observation. He was under medical care of the jail’s doctor and nurses at the time of his death, Lowery said.
The case is being investigated by the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the Baldwin County Coroner’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office, as is standard policy. Jordan’s body was transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Mobile for autopsy, according to Lowery.
Jordan’s mother, Peggy Jordan of Eight Mile, said in a telephone interview Friday that there is much more to the story, and she wants answers.
“The sheriff told me JJ and three others were sitting in their cell watching television when JJ slumped over and his heart stopped,” Jordan said. “They tried CPR, but couldn’t revive him. I told them over and over he had Addison’s disease and that he needed treatment. This didn’t have to happen.”
According to the National Institute of Health, Addison’s is one form of adrenal insufficiency that strikes about four in every 1,000 people. Adrenal glands don’t produce enough of certain hormones that regulate blood pressure, cardiovascular function, blood sugar levels, immunological response and metabolism. Crisis episodes can be fatal.
This is a travesty. Chances are pretty good that he was using marijuana to treat the symptoms of his illness. Regardless, no one should ever go to jail for using marijuana. It’s ridiculous!
To all those who have said “Its against the law” “Its illegal…do the crime do the time”…PLEASE!!! Just because something is against the law doesn’t mean the law is right. I mean…it used to be illegal to free a slave in Alabama but legal to won one. We all can agree that those laws were totally wrong. Just like modern day marijuana laws in Alabama are wrong. The government has absolutely no business telling citizens what they can and cannot put into their own bodies nor do they have any business demanding samples of our bodily fluids.
The cops, medical staff at the jail, and the judge who set the bond so high that his family could not bond him out are all murderers now. They should be arrested, convicted and imprisoned….after the family bankrupts them, of course.
~How long will they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look~ Bob Marley