This piece was published in coordination with Zealous, an organization working to amplify the perspective of public defenders. This op-ed discusses the trauma of giving birth in jail.
Amy Growcock was incarcerated in Harris county jail from Aug 19 to Aug 31, 2022 for a failure to submit a urine analysis on time. She is going to school to be a licensed drug counselor (LCDC) in order to help others and prevent them from going through what she had to go through in life. Krish Gundu is co-founder and executive director of Texas Jail Project, a non-profit advocacy group founded in 2006.
By Amy Growcock and Krish Gundu for Teen Vogue