Top 10 countries that allow conjugal visits in prison

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A conjugal visit is a scheduled period in which an inmate of a prison or jail is permitted to spend several hours or days in private with a visitor, usually their legal spouse.

The parties may engage in sexual activity. The generally recognised basis for permitting such visits in modern times is to preserve family bonds and increase the chances of success for a prisoner's eventual return to ordinary life after release from prison.

They also provide an incentive to inmates to comply with the various day-to-day rules and regulations of the prison.

Conjugal visits usually take place in designated rooms or a structure provided for that purpose, such as a trailer or a small cabin. Supplies such as soap, condoms, lubricant, bed linens, and towels may be provided.

Recently, female prisoners in Kenya moved a motion for conjugal visit which has since been stirring a lot of reactions on the social media as some users believed it is "unscriptural" and "unacceptable" in some climes while others are of the disaffirmative.

However, Vanguard has gathered Top 10 countries that adopt this modern-day concept. They are as follows;

1. Canada

2. Germany

3. Russia

4. Spain

5. Belgium

6. Netherland

7. Saudi Arabia

9. Denmark

10 Brazil

Please note: Conjugal visiting is permitted in 10 of the 23 European countries surveyed. Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have very liberal policies for all prisoners. The Netherlands, Switzerland, West Germany, and Yugoslavia permit visits for selected groups, usually inmates who have served much of their sentences.

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