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Ban on conjugal visits draws protest

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One wife put her marriage license on a poster. Her husband is serving a life sentence. One wife put her marriage license on a poster. Her husband is serving a life sentence.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A rally was held Friday by the Mississippi Advocates for Prisoners to protest the move to end conjugal visits in prison.

Dozens of spouses and family members gathered for the protest at Smith Park in Jackson.

"They keep our marriage afloat," said wife Tiffany Davis. "It's not just about sex. It's really more about one on one time you get to spend in a room."

MAP told us that the goal of this assembly was to reverse Commissioner Epps decision to end conjugal visits for eligible married inmates and their spouses and to initiate much needed reform within the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

"I'm actually upset about the conjugal visits because I am not on welfare or anything like that like I feel like Mr. Epps portrays us to be," explained C.J. Page who has a husband in prison. "I'm saving money. I'm going back to school and graduating. And I was hoping to try to have a child."

The rally was held in response to a decision made late last year by Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps to no longer allow Mississippi prisoners to have conjugal visits.

MAP co-founder Angela Daniels explained, "Keeps husbands and wives together as well as maintain good behavior towards gaining their freedom again."

Epps said that he will end the century long program January 31. 

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