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Mississippi Ban On Conjugal Visits Resisted

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A Memphis-based civil rights group and a Mississippi prisoners' advocacy group will lead a rally in Jackson against Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps' decision to end conjugal visits for state inmates.
    
Last month, Epps announced he would stop the more than a century-old practice of allowing conjugal visits for inmates.
    
Epps' decision came after a state legislator said he was going to reintroduce a bill this legislative session to end conjugal visits.
    
The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/KsKI37) the Mississippi Advocates for Prisoners group is also opposed to Epps' decision and has started a petition drive. MAP is encouraging family members and other supporters to come out for the rally, which will be on Jan. 17.
    
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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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