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    Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 3:06pm
(Reuters) - Twice a month, high school math teacher Kelly Muscolino and her husband, an inmate serving 20 years for armed robbery, get to share one hour together away from the watchful eyes of guards at the Mississippi prison where he is locked up.

The couple's last visit alone might have been their last until Mike Muscolino is free. The Mississippi corrections department announced it will no longer allow conjugal visits as of February 1, ending a century-old program in the first U.S. state to sanction sex for prisoners.

Corrections commissioner Christopher Epps said a practice that began as a strategy to control inmates in the early 1900s would cease in Mississippi due to concerns about costs and the number of children possibly being conceived during the visits.

Those who believe prisoners do not deserve the privilege of such intimacy during their punishment welcomed the news. But inmates and their spouses are upset by a policy change they say will further strain their difficult marital circumstances.

"That's the only time when we get to see each other and we don't have somebody telling us that we're too close or that our hug lasted too long," said Kelly Muscolino, 35. "We need that bond."

Once a common practice in U.S. prisons, soon only California, New Mexico, Washington and New York state prisons will permit conjugal visits. Federal prisons do not allow them.

Epps, chief of Mississippi's prisons since 2002, has noted that conjugal visits encourage good inmate behavior and strengthen families. Studies also show that states with the visits have lower levels of sexual violence among prisoners.

But the commissioner said he could no longer justify the supervision and maintenance costs in light of his department's $22.4 million budget deficit.

A corrections spokeswoman could not say how much money will be saved. During the last fiscal year, only 155 inmates out of the more than 22,000 in Mississippi received conjugal visits.

Dozens of spouses and family members of inmates affected by the change have joined a new group, Mississippi Advocates for Prisoners, to try to convince Epps to reconsider. They will hold a rally on Friday near the Capitol building in Jackson.

The group faces steep odds. Even if they sway Epps, a Republican state lawmaker says he plans to file legislation to make conjugal visits illegal in Mississippi prisons.

Representative Richard Bennett, whose first attempt at outlawing the visits failed in 2012, said it makes sense to strip some rights for those who commit crimes.

"It's just like putting a kid in timeout," Bennett said. "Do you give them their favorite things?"

PROSTITUTES AND 'RED HOUSES'

Mississippi's current program is for well-behaved, married inmates in minimum custody levels, but the practice began far differently.

The Mississippi prison warden who established the country's first conjugal visits program limited it to black male inmates, in the belief that the chance for sex would help control their aggression and make them work harder in the cotton fields.

Prostitutes were brought in for prisoners without wives or girlfriends. The program opened to white men in the 1940s after buildings, known as "red houses" for their paint color, were built to make the sexual encounters seem more respectable.

Female prisoners did not become eligible for conjugal visits in Mississippi until 1972.

Last month, Epps announced his decision to discontinue all conjugal visits and inflamed proponents of the program when he waded into the debate over whether prisoners should have the chance to procreate while behind bars.

"Even though we provide contraception, we have no idea how many women are getting pregnant only for the child to be raised by one parent," he said in a statement.

One such woman, Glendia Mason, a 35-year-old criminal justice instructor, said the fact that she conceived a daughter and a son with her husband while he serves a lengthy sentence for aggravated assault is none of the commissioner's business.

"I have a good job," Mason said. "I take care of my children." Conjugal visits provide more than sex, inmates' spouses said. They offer a chance, she said, "to talk and comfort one another like any other husband and wife."
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Whatever....wanna spend time together....stop breaking the law.
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I feel kind of bad for them.  Especially if this goes on

PROSTITUTES AND 'RED HOUSES'

Mississippi's current program is for well-behaved, married inmates in minimum custody levels, but the practice began far differently.

The Mississippi prison warden who established the country's first conjugal visits program limited it to black male inmates, in the belief that the chance for sex would help control their aggression and make them work harder in the cotton fields.

Prostitutes were brought in for prisoners without wives or girlfriends. The program opened to white men in the 1940s after buildings, known as "red houses" for their paint color, were built to make the sexual encounters seem more respectable.

So married folks must stay celibate, but single ones get hookers.  And are black inmates really more aggressive?  come on!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Omni Harmony Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 3:12pm
Originally posted by mizzsandra00 mizzsandra00 wrote:

Whatever....wanna spend time together....stop breaking the law.
but everyone needs intimacy.  What about the innocent that are locked up?  What about the ones that are serving way too long a sentence for a petty charge?

Its hardCry  My brothas already have it so rough, why kick him when he's down?>
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Originally posted by Omni Harmony Omni Harmony wrote:

 And are black inmates really more aggressive?  come on!

If they're treated worse than other inmates, I could see why.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote blaquefoxx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 3:18pm
Ah yes, I remember the long van rides with my mom upstate to see my dad for the weekend back in the day.


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I was against conjugal visits until I realized they were only permitted for non-violent, well behaved prisoners under minimal security restrictions. They should keep it around, even if only for married inmates.
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They might as well put all the prisoners in front of a firing squad and be done with it. You don't get more dehumanized than this, they're making sure to break their spirits and reduce them to mere animals.
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treating em like slaves foreal wtf
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Eden. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 16 2014 at 3:32pm
almost every weird law in the us is rooted in racism/slavery

crackers are hilarious

those white inmates back in the day musta been as hell when they brought in the women. claiming any drop of black blood they could to get a visit.
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