TED & Talks

What it is like to have a baby in prison | Jessica Kent | TEDxIndianaUniversity

In this talk by Jessica Kent, she details how a troubled past can be motivational in chasing a prosperous future. Jessica details her own experiences with childbirth in prison, to connect to those left behind by a punitive system. While including tragic elements, Jessica’s story is ultimately a hopeful confirmation that our past does not have to determine our future. Jessica Kent is a social justice activist and an advocate for prison reform. Having served time in prison and struggled with addiction herself, she now uses her platform of nearly 1M followers across YouTube and TikTok to inform people about the realities of the US prison system. At almost ten years sober, Jessica unveils the hard truths of struggling with addiction, while imploring her audience to seek sobriety and avoid making the same mistakes that she has. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Correction Program Support Services from the University of Phoenix in 2020, which has catalyzed her passion for improving the justice system. Her journey serves as an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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