No More Prison Time for Northern Michigan Woman Who Gave Birth in Custody

A Northern Michigan woman who was told by a judge she’s going to jail so she wouldn’t do drugs while pregnant is now free from serving time.

Samantha Hughes is done serving time in Grand Traverse County Jail for tampering with an electronic device.

She also had a history of using meth.

Judge Thomas Power originally sentenced her to 13 to 14 months in prison.

He said he believed she would use drugs during her pregnancy.

She gave birth in custody in July.

Hughes won an appeal of the sentence after a panel decided it was improper.

The court said Grand Traverse County Judge Power showed “extreme bias” in locking her up last December.

On top of being let out, a new judge also waived fines so she could support her children.