Conjugal Visits

Essay by afiya376College, Undergraduate May 2014

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Conjugal visits are scheduled visits during which an inmate of a prison is permitted to spend several hours or days in privacy with their spouse and children or any other family member. Indeed, sex will be involved in conjugal visitation however that is not the sole purpose of the programme. Just to name a few of its fundamental purpose; for the prisoner to develop into a law abiding citizen upon his release by means of family bonding, to develop positive emotions, morals and values whilst in prison and to alleviate dangerous violent and sexual assault problems. Conjugal visits are not widely accepted and is still a much debated topic, this research paper looks at how male prisoners will benefit from conjugal visits whilst in prison by ensuring a lower rate of issues in prison such as recidivism, tension and frustration and the positive impact it has on the family life and the relationships of the prisoner, thus keeping the family together and aiding in breaking the cycle of crime.

Prisoners who participate in conjugal visitation programs are fully aware that if their behaviour towards other inmates is violent and as such increases tension among other prisoners and correctional officers, the end result may be the stoppage of the programme or the withdrawal of the prisoner from the programme. It is by this means, frustration and hostile behaviour amongst prisoners is decreased. In order for a prisoner to be entitled to participate in a conjugal visitation programme, certain criteria must be met by the prisoner. There are behavioural management levels most correctional facilities adhere to in order to give the privilege of conjugal visits to an inmate. In other words conjugal visitation can be seen as an earned privilege as well as a control mechanism, whereby the prisoner...