https://www.vice.com/read/why-did-this-woman-who-was-arrested-in-a-prostitution-sting-die-in-a-florida-jail-508

It was Daytona Beach Police who arrested April Brogan, a 28-year-old from Palm Coast, Florida, and a mother to two young children. On April 29, they targeted her in an anti-prostitution sting, charging her with “aiding/abetting/committing prostitution.”

April had been in Volusia County Jail before, Rebecca told me. Public records confirm this: On April’s arrest report from April 29, her past involvement with drug court is noted. “They knew her,” Rebecca said. “They knew her history.”

On May 1, at 2:24 PM, two days after her cellmate reported April told her she was dope-sick, April was declared dead…

Volusia County Jail has had to answer questions before about the deaths of women incarcerated there. Tracy Lee Veira died in custody on September 16, 2009, while detoxing from heroin. A woman jailed with Tracy heard her cries in the night, and told RH Reality Check in a recent interview, “It was frightening to hear her beg them, because you could hear in her voice that she didn’t feel good.” …

“To them, she wasn’t a woman,” Rebecca said. “She was a prostitute.”

April went to space camp, her sister Rebecca told me. She was in Brownies for years. She was quirky, “a gorgeous girl with the biggest heart.” Her mother remembered taking her to work with her at her construction company, and that April could recite all the Mother Goose rhymes by the time she was four years old.

In the last year, April had been in a rehab program that allowed her to bring her three-year-old daughter Bella with her, but left the program after two months. The program she was in, Emily Cortes told me, can be hard on women, especially mothers, because they can be restricted from contact with their other children and family members in the first 90 days. “Even in jail,” Emily said, “they can talk to their kids.”

Because April Brogan was ordered to the rehab program through drug court, by leaving, a warrant was automatically put out for her arrest…

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