Bring conjugal visits to all 50 states

Bring conjugal visits to all 50 states

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Shay Burns started this petition to Prison Families and

This is a petition requesting for conjugal visits to be allowed and implemented in all prisons in the United States. Right now only 4 states in the US offer conjugal visits for prisoners and their families. This is not only unfair to the men and women incarcerated themselves but also to their families as well. A conjugal visit or extended family visit is a scheduled visitation time in which an inmate is allowed to spend several hours or even days in private with a visitor, usually their legal spouse or family. While the inmate and their spouse may choose to engage in sexual intercourse during this time, these visits are also crucial to preserve family bonds and increase the chances of success for an inmate's eventual return to life outside prison. For those who believe that isolation is a way of rehabilitation I would like to say there is absolutely nothing rehabilitating about depriving inmates from intimacy with their spouses or from denying them the physical touch of other loved ones or their children. This lack of physical affection has a lasting negative impact on not only the incarcerated man or woman but also on their family members, especially the sons and daughters who still need the time, love, and affection of their mothers and fathers. Many men and women that are incarcerated have children and families that would greatly benefit from being allowed conjugal visits. This gives mothers and fathers the chance to connect with their children as well as their spouses or loved ones. It allows men to continue to be active fathers and husbands and women to be active mothers and wives, roles which should not be stopped once they are imprisoned. There is only so much connection that can be maintained or displayed through regular visitation, phone calls, and mail especially when many visits are now conducted behind glass separating the inmate from his or her loved ones. There is nothing that can compare to a father or mother being able to hold or play with their children or hold or be physically and mentally engaged and intimate with their partner. Conjugal visits can help take away from the many negative affects of being institutionalized and disconnected from the outside world and serves as a great motivator for men and women to strive for good time and act on good behaviors in order to gain much needed time with their families. It is an incentive for them to stay out of further trouble like getting involved in physical violence or using any drug of choice that comes in through the facility itself for example so that they can have that precious one on one time with their families. There have also been studies confirming that in the few states allowing these visits there is significantly less inmate on inmate sexual violence or offenses as conjugal visits would provide incarcerated men and women with the opportunity to be sexually active with their partner and to release that sexual energy and tension that builds with the lack of an outlet to do so appropriately.

 

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