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Mississippi Prisons Ending Conjugal Visits

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After more than a century, Mississippi is ending conjugal visits for inmates in state prisons.

Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps says he decided to shut down the program because some women who visit their husbands get pregnant and are forced to raise the child alone, while the other spouse remains behind bars.

There are also budgetary concerns. Epps says the department has to spend extra dollars to maintain facilities set aside for the select group of male prisoners to have private time alone with their wives.

Some believe the personal visits help keep families intact. Mississippi one of only six states in that nation allows the practice.   

Of the more than 22,000 inmates in more than 40 state prisons facilities, the change affects only about 155 convicts who were granted conjugal visits.

Epps says those visits will end starting February 1st.

He says inmates will still be allowed to have regular visits with their love ones.

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