John, Janet and Jackson's grandmother Lorri has been their caretaker since they were babies. Kelly says she's anxious to form bonds with each child without correctional officers calling the shots.

"My kids aren't happy with me right now. I don't know what kind of food they like, their favorite colors," she says. "When I call on the phone, [John] doesn't want to talk. He doesn't think that I love him, because I'm not home."

Kelly says she appreciates the sacrifices her mother has had to make over the years. "My mom is my everything," she says. "She said, 'When you're in jail, I'm in jail.' So she's put her life on hold for me to help raise my kids."

Lorri says prison is not the dream she had for her daughter…but it's what she deserved. "I think it's been a learning experience for her," she says. "I think it's going to be a lot different this time. I'm just worried about her getting in with the wrong people and maybe being swayed."


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