Well-behaved prisoners allowed to receive conjugal visits Down Under

June 8th, 2009 - 6:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 8 (ANI): The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has allowed well-behaved prisoners to receive conjugal visits, becoming the second jurisdiction in the country to allow such visits from partners.

The Alexander Maconochie Centre’s conjugal visits policy, which includes same-sex couples, came into being on March 30 when the jail received its first prisoners.

According to the Canberra Times, prisoners and remandees who meet certain criteria can receive such visits every two months.

And as part of these visits, couples are provided with “domestic surroundings’, condoms and reduced supervision so they can have their intimacy.

However, the prisoner has to change the linen after the visit, reports The Australian.

The policy doesn’t include partners who are also prisoners at the jail.

A similar policy also exists for unsentenced prisoners on remand that were previously not entitled to visits at two other correctional facilities in the ACT, which have now closed.

Victoria is the only other Australian jurisdiction that allows conjugal visits for minimum- and medium-security prisoners. (ANI)

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