JACKSON, Miss. – Conjugal visits at Mississippi prisons are set to end by the end of January. The group Mississippi Advocates for Prisoners wants to stop that from happening. Kelly Muscolino is Director of the group and the wife of an inmate. She says conjugal visits are essential to keeping families together.
“I don’t think it is fair to take away someone’s right to have a child,” said Muscolino. “I understand that a lot of people have the opinion that they are prisoners and they don’t deserve it, but we are not prisoners. We feel like it is beneficial to us. It keep us going. It gives us the strength to stay in a relationship like this.”
Mississippi one of the first states to offer conjugal visits, and with conjugal visits ending, Muscolino believes the door will soon be closing for other states as well. The group will be protesting outside of the Department of Corrections in Jackson January 17.