Inside Teen Mom star Ryan Edwards’ lonely, sad new life in prison including solo meals and limited visits

TEEN Mom star Ryan Edwards is living a lonely and sad new life behind bars, including eating meals alone and having limited visits with loved ones. 

Ryan, 35, is currently serving an 11-month, 29-day sentence at Silverdale Detention Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee after arrests for harassment, drug possession and more crimes. 

Ryan Edwards is serving a nearly one-year sentence at Silverdale Detention Center


Ryan Edwards is serving a nearly one-year sentence at Silverdale Detention CenterCredit: The US Sun
Inmates are allowed in-person visits one to two times a week


Inmates are allowed in-person visits one to two times a weekCredit: The US Sun
Recreational activities include basketball courts seen here


Recreational activities include basketball courts seen hereCredit: The US Sun

The U.S. Sun can exclusively go inside Ryan’s new reality as he serves his sentence after arrests for harassment, drug possession and other crimes. 

The Teen Mom star is only allowed one to two visits per week ranging from 15 minutes to one hour with loved ones seeing the inmate behind a plexiglass screen.

There is no limit to how often inmates can have video calls with loved ones. 

As for meals, the prison website reads: “Inmate meals are delivered by ‘hot carts’ and consumed in their living areas. Meals are prepared by inmate workers and adhere to Nationally Recommended Dietary Standards.”

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The prison has a bakery that makes bread products “fresh daily.”

Inmates are also allowed to purchase food items, as well as correspondence material, hygiene items and clothing items, from the commissary. 

As for recreational activities, The U.S. Sun exclusively obtained photos of the prison’s yard area, which includes basketball courts. 

The prison website also notes that there is a library with a “good supply” of “acceptable paperback reading.” 

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The U.S. Sun previously reported Silverdale had been branded the “most dangerous” after a series of stabbings and poor conditions. 


In a lawsuit obtained by The U.S. Sun, the family of a deceased inmate sued Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, which owns and operates Silverdale, in February 2023 after he allegedly died “while in the custody of and due to the deliberate indifference of Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.”

The lawsuit claimed: “Silverdale has long had the reputation of being a poorly run and dangerous jail. Inmates have been attacked and injured by other inmates armed with makeshift weapons, including stabbings with ‘shanks,’ or jail knives. 

“Silverdale inmates also have died due to medical neglect and maltreatment by staff, prompting numerous lawsuits.”

The lawsuit claimed the inmate died in October 2022 at a nearby hospital. 

He had been incarcerated since March 2022 and was “in good health when he first entered the facility.” 

When he was admitted to the hospital, he “lost nearly sixty pounds.”

The lawsuit continued: “[The inmate’s] cellmate stated that prior to his being taken to [the hospital], he had not eaten nor drank anything for a week. [The cellmate] claims he saw him black out three times, but Silverdale officials were unwilling to offer him any assistance. 

“[The cellmate] was so afraid that he would have to watch him die that he attempted to fake being sick to get the nurses’ attention. He died of multiple infections induced by severe malnutrition.

“A nurse told the family that it was possible [the inmate] would have had a different outcome had he been admitted to the hospital sooner and that she understood how frustrating that must be.”


The lawsuit then mentions a string of alleged stabbings that took place at the facility. 

The complaint claims: “On October 5, 2020, five Silverdale inmates were charged with attempted first-degree murder arising from an attack on a fellow prisoner that lasted for one to two hours and left the victim with 73 stab wounds.”

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s answer to the claim read, per court papers, that the attack on the inmate is “admitted.”

However, the office “can neither admit nor deny the duration of the attack, nor the number (or severity) of the stab wounds.”

The office also claimed: “All allegations of wrongdoing by these Defendants are denied.”

The complaint from the family of the late inmate continued: “On April 23, 2021, multiple Silverdale inmates were stabbed numerous times by fellow inmates wearing towels over their faces when officers placed them in a new cell despite the victims warning the officers that they would be attacked.”

The Hamilton County Sheriff responded to this claim: “Paragraph 19 of the Complaint is admitted upon information and belief to the extent that multiple inmates were involved in an altercation that resulted in several stabbings. 

“It is denied that corrections deputies were warned, at a minimum, of any specific threat to any inmate by any inmate. All allegations of wrongdoing by these Defendants are denied.”

The complaint continued: “On September 5, 2021, a Silverdale inmate was stabbed nine times, including once in the face, when officers failed to lock his cell door and ignored the victim’s attempts to alert them to the mistake.”

The Hamilton County Sheriff “denied” the paragraph and said, “All allegations of wrongdoing by these defendants are denied.”

The lawsuit also alleged: “In March of 2022, a male Silverdale inmate was raped so savagely that he had to be released to a mental health facility with the likelihood of surgery necessary to repair the injuries incurred during the rape. The sentence he was serving was suspended.”

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded: “Paragraph 22 of the Complaint is admitted to the extent that an inmate was raped in March of 2022. No response can be made as to medical treatment relative to the restrictions of HIPAA and PREA.

 “In further response, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office initiated a criminal investigation that resulted in charges being brought, which are still pending in Hamilton County Criminal Court. All allegations of wrongdoing by these Defendants are denied.”

The complaint also mentioned drug use, which is especially concerning for Ryan because Judge Gary Starnes sentenced him to prison over rehab, claiming his addiction was “too strong” after a recent failed attempt at treatment. 

The lawsuit claimed: “In April of 2022, an inmate died of a drug overdose at Silverdale, where drugs are considered to be widely available due to neglect by officials.”

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office denied the claim in their response.

As for living conditions, the lawsuit alleged: “In May of 2022, Silverdale failed a health inspection. Inspectors found rat droppings in the food storage area, no sanitizer present in washing buckets, and walls, floors, and ceilings that were dirty and in poor condition.”

The family is requesting damages to be determined at trial. 

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office also claimed in their response to the lawsuit: “It is denied that any inmate violence is due to any indifference of the Sheriff, Hamilton County, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, or any deputy. It is denied that inmates have died due to any medical neglect or maltreatment by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office employees.”

In regard to the late inmate, the response read: “Without the aid of discovery, these Defendants can neither admit nor deny the remaining allegations contained in Paragraph 5 of the Complaint, and strict proof is demanded.

“All allegations of wrongdoing by these Defendants are denied.” 

The case remains ongoing. 


In a July 2021 lawsuit obtained by The U.S. Sun, another inmate sued the facility and accused guards of violence. 

The Amended Complaint filed in February 2022 claimed of the June 2021 incident: “While I was in handcuffs, [two officers] threw me against the wall… then pulled me off the wall and [one] punched me in the face and [the other] punched me in the head.

“They both ran my head into the metal steel door in G2 and knocked me unconscious. 

“Then they roughed me up un G-Unit Center Core, and pushed me up against the iron cage face first in G3. [They] then threw me in the cage against the wall. Then I hit the floor bleeding and in pain, bruised bad and injured severely. 

“Then I was pushed in [the] cell and landed on the floor on my face and it knocked the wind out of me from the impact of the fall… My wrists were bleeding from the tightness of the handcuffs and my circulation was cut off.”

He claimed he is “still suffering” from a “head concussion, neck and back pain, and a jaw injury.”

He claimed of a third officer: “[He] put his knee in my back with his other knee on the back of my neck with all of his weight down on me, and he uncuffed me and tazed me. Then he turned me over on my back, by pushing me over with his feet. 

“He had a yellow gun in my face with a green light beam on it and was threatening me.”

The inmate then named two nurses who he claimed told him to “get up and quit crying like a baby.”

The complaint continued to allege: “They all left. I was neglected and left on the floor in the same spot for three days… And I wasn’t getting fed.”

He claimed two other nurses found him and gave him “proper medical attention.”

The inmate is suing for $15million. 

Three of the officers mentioned in the lawsuit “denied” the abuse claims in their answer to the second amended complaint. 

Both of the nurses mentioned also denied the allegations.

The case remains ongoing.


Back in November 2019, an inmate sued the detention center over an October 2019 incident. 

The lawsuit read: “Two inmates were able to escape from their cell and attack me and cause me bodily injury.

“Due to my being restrained, I was unable to defend myself. Therefore I was left to the mercy of my assailants. The officer failed to do anything to protect me. They were negligent in their duties.”

The lawsuit was dismissed because the inmate “failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.”


In April 2022, The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release: “Right now, it appears that Silverdale is one of the most dangerous places to be in our county, and that is unacceptable.

“Individuals at Silverdale have the right to be protected and that right should be taken very seriously by every member of our justice system. 

“Therefore, I will formally request that the Department of Justice investigate the conditions and operation of Silverdale.”

The Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who is now retired, responded at the time: “I’m also responsible, not only for the protection of my officers and staff but for the citizens that live in this community. I would much rather have those eleven-hundred people locked up on that 25 acres and it be the most dangerous acreage in this city than I would have them running through your neighborhood.”

He claimed the request for the DOJ to investigate is “offensive.”


Ryan has been at Silverdale since his April 7 arrest for possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

Judge Gary Starnes said at the sentencing hearing: “Rehab won’t be good because he won’t do it.

“I’m going to revoke probation for 11 months and 29 days in custody. At some point, I may send you to rehab. You won’t do it now. It’s because the drug addiction is so strong. You can’t do it. You have to grow up and want to save yourself.

“I’m going to do what I can to save you. If you come across someone at drugs at Silverdale, stay away from them.”

Ryan was arrested for harassment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and an order of protection violation on February 10 at his place of work. 

He was then arrested for aggravated stalking and violating a protection order on March 1 after authorities issued two warrants for his arrest on February 23. 

Ryan pleaded guilty to the harassment charge at a court hearing in March, The Ashley’s Reality Roundup reported.

He was ordered to complete rehab treatment and have no contact with the victim.

A judge also ordered Ryan to wear a GPS monitor and refrain from posting about Mackenzie on social media.

He was put on probation for 11 months and 29 days.

The possession of drug paraphernalia, stalking, and order of protection violation charges were dismissed.

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As for his possession of a controlled substance, he was sentenced to rehab with the option of the time being reduced for good behavior after six months.

Ryan left rehab after just two weeks and was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and DUI charges on April 7. 

Inmates have sued the prison over poor conditions and medical neglect


Inmates have sued the prison over poor conditions and medical neglectCredit: The US Sun
Ryan was sentenced after a series of harassment and drug arrests


Ryan was sentenced after a series of harassment and drug arrestsCredit: Silverdale Detention Center


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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