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Conjugal visits for women prisoners

The Rafey Correction and Rehabilitation Center for Women has inaugurated conjugal visit cells with the objective of integrating the family and enabling women who are in jail to have conjugal relations.

The conjugal cells will be available at specific times and the couples must meet certain requirements including HIV examinations and other medical examinations to ensure they and their visitors are in good health.

According to Center Director Sugeidy Alvarez, the visiting times are for men to meet with their partners and to reestablish the bond they had before she was imprisoned.

Ysmael Paniagua, National Coordinator of the New Model Prisons said that conjugal relations would help with the stability of the partnership and hence the family even though one member had been deprived of their liberty. She said that they did not work in a prison, they worked with people who were in prison and this would help them prepare for their freedom.

During the inauguration there was a show organized by the Rafey authorities and inmates including a Christian dance, a performance by a band called Fusion, made up of male and female inmates, and a play by one of the female prisoners called “I want you to make love to me”. The event ended with a fashion show featuring clothes made with recycled materials.

The inauguration was attended by Ysmael Paniagua, National Coordinator of the New Model Prisons, Patricia Lagombra, Deputy Coordinator of the New Model Prisons, Victor Gonzalez, Prosecutor for the Court of Appeal in Santiago and Sentencing Judge Ruben Dario Uzeta. Representatives of the legal authorities, church members, cultural representatives, family members and inmates were also present.

One of the female inmates said that she was happy as in the past only the male inmates had been allowed conjugal visits.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Category: DR News |

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Last updated October 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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