A former prisoner has revealed what happens if someone dies in jail, saying 'even in death, you're still in prison'.
In a clip posted earlier this year, she spoke about what happens when people die inside prison - stressing that she was merely sharing her own experiences and understanding, as things may differ from one institution to another.
Kent explained: "Typically they will take you out in a stretcher, and if you have passed, they will put you in a black bag.
"You'll be taken to the nearest hospital/morgue depending on the situation at which point the family is notified and they can claim your body and begin funeral planning."
She continued: "Where do you go? Well, most prisons have a graveyard, and it is the most depressing thing I could ever explain to you.
"If you have no family, the prison will put your body in a very cheap, sad box, it's barely a coffin.
"So, even in death, you're still in a prison. You don't always even get a name on the tombstone, just the inmate number."
In her prison, Kent said some staff members and a chaplain would step up to give someone a burial if they didn't have any family to do so.
She said: "I have seen people pass away in prison, and I never knew what happened to them and if they had family or not.
"I did see one elderly woman who had no family, and was told by a staff member she was buried at the prison.
"It broke my heart as she was so kind, like everyone's grandma, and that was a really sad situation."
According to the Mirror, in England and Wales a coroner is appointed to conduct an inquest after a death is reported, in order to determine the actual cause of death if it has been violent or sudden.
The outlet adds that a prisoner still has a right to plan and decide what they want to happen at their funeral.
Kent, who now has a Bachelor's degree in criminal program support services, also said in her video that she'd heard some prisoners are able to attend funerals in the outside world - something that's known as 'furlough' to go to the service.
She explained: "I've never seen it. I know people are going to say in the comment section that they got to go to a funeral, but I've never personally seen that myself.
"The first thing that's going to happen is the inmates typically tell the correctional officers that a person is not okay.
"The correctional officers will then lock down the unit, then the nurse and a lot of staff members will assess the situation."
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