‘Prison YouTuber’ says she had legs shackled to bed while giving birth

A woman who shot to Internet fame after sharing her candid experience behind bars revealed how her legs were cuffed to a bed when she was born in prison.

Jessica Kent, the YouTuber in question, spoke about her prison experience in a recent episode of Allison interviews Podcast.

Kent, who faced up to “20 years in prison”, was addicted to meth and heroin as a teenager and drug and arms dealer.

She became pregnant by her drug dealer and eventually gave birth behind bars while she was handcuffed and detoxified – and later had to fight for custody of her daughter.

She didn’t know she was pregnant until a nurse told her a few weeks after she was admitted to prison.

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“I was so tired and drained from being up on meth for months. I’m in the nurses ‘ward of this county jail and the woman says to me,’ Oh, that’s why you feel so sick. You’re pregnant. You can now return to the dormitory. ‘ I think, ‘Excuse me? You can’t just race past it like you didn’t just say what you said, ‘”she said.

She also said she was not given prenatal vitamins for “three months” or was given “access to clean water” at some point during her stay.

“I definitely deserved to be there, but all the trauma that happened after my arrest was wrong. No prenatal vitamins for my daughter. No medication to help me detoxify safely so that my unborn child is well. I had no access to clean water for several weeks. “

When Kent went into labor, she was handcuffed to the bed in what she said was “just bad policy”.

“While doing active work, I was handcuffed. It’s just bad politics. The policy clearly states that an inmate who is transported outside of the prison must be held in some form of chains or shackles at all times. “

Kent said that some of the guards and hospital staff were “uncomfortable” with bed-cuffing them and the handcuffs were removed. One of the male correctional officers even decided to leave the room, which she “cherished”.

But when a new group of guards came in, Kent said one of the guards asked why she wasn’t handcuffed.

“She [the guard] immediately grabbed leg chains and grabbed one of my legs and immediately cuffed me to the bed. The doctor came [back] and said, “She has to get up and walk around so that she can properly heal her body. She just had a baby. ‘ This guard looked dead in the doctor’s face and said, “No. It’s against politics. ‘”

The last time Kent visited the courtroom after working hard to get on her feet, she was given custody of her daughter Micah (then 2 years old).

“I hit my knees, hugged Micah and cried and said to her, ‘We did it, girl. We made it. We made it.'”

Now, on the subject of prison reform, Kent said it begins “with ending the drug war”.

“If we can lock half of those in prison, we will have a lot of resources, income and time to help the other people who remain in prison.”

Check out Jessica Kent on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.

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