JACKSON, MS – Only seven states still grant prisoners the option of conjugal visits; but come February 1st, Mississippi won’t be one of them.
Conjugal visits actually started in Mississippi as a way to keep the prisoners in line by rewarding them for good behavior. The magnolia state has decided to do away with the century old privilege because of money and the issue of creating broken homes.
Chris Epps, the commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections says he’s troubled by the amount of women who get pregnant during the visits, only to raise the child alone. He’s also over paying for the condoms, the facilities where the whoopy takes place, and the extra staff needed to escort the inmates back and forth.