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Conjugal visits may reform prison inmates

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Robert Montague, minister of national security, has once again caused tongues to be wagging with his announcement that his ministry is considering allowing conjugal visits for some prisoners.

I support the minister on this one, and I believe people can be reformed. In fact, incorporating conjugal visits into our prison systems could be a useful component as a reform programme. Many countries, including Germany, Australia, Brazil, and even the US, practise conjugal visits, but not in their federal prisons.

Conjugal visits are commonplace in many First-World countries. In fact, when I worked in China as an English tutor, I realised how much effort China pays to implementing the principles of humanitarianism. Criminals are not only provided with proper living conditions, but their human dignity is also respected. The Chinese don't just punish criminals. Instead, they emphasise reform.

With feasible rules and regulations, conjugal visits in our prisons could bring forth positive outcomes.