As conjugal visits fade, a lifeline to inmates’ spouses is lost

KIM SEVERSON New York Times News Service Published Jan 13, 2014 at 07:36PM
William Widmer / The New York Times The entrance to the Mississippi State Penitentiary, long known as Parchman Farm, in Parchman, Miss., Dec. 20, 2013. Citing budgetary constraints, the state, which was the first to allow conjugal visits, will end them on Feb. 1, and similar programs are on the wane nationally.
William Widmer / The New York Times Ebony Fisher, who will soon no longer be able to make conjugal visits to her husband in the state penitentiary, near her mother's house on the outskirts of Vicksburg, Miss., Dec. 20, 2013.