The Minister of National Security in Jamaica, Robert Montague, has caused uproar on social media after he announced that prisoners in the country are to be allowed conjugal visits (to be able to have sex while in jail). According to The Observer newspaper, the Minister’s address was made when he spoke to participants at a Diaspora Conference in Kingston. Prisoners to start having s*x in jail – Minister declares.
The Minister said he believes that allowing inmates to have sexual relations with their partners will be beneficial. He also stated that it was a ‘Christian thing’ to do.
Prisoners to start having s*x in jail – Minister declares
Here’s what the Minister said: “I am determined and insistent that we are going to start conjugal visits and some persons ask me why, but we must treat (incarcerated persons) in a humane way. A lot of us (say) that we are Christians; but true Christianity is when you do for the least amongst us, so we are working on that.”
His announcement stirred up outrage and controversies, however, some applauded him for the decision. Following the announcement, human rights advocacy group known as, ‘Stand Up for Jamaica’ endorsed the plans to introduce conjugal visits in correctional facilities.
The ‘Stand Up for Jamaica’ human rights advocacy group, in a press statement said it believes the move will help to further advance the rehabilitation of inmates.
According to the group, the increasing rehabilitation programmes in correctional institutions is critical in addressing some of the root causes of crime and changing the negative attitudes which make it difficult for offenders to return to the society as productive members.
The group said: “conjugal visits will allow inmates to reconnect with their wives and strengthen their bond with their families.”
In the same vein, another human right group, ‘Jamaicans for Justice’, also supported to the plan to introduce conjugal visits in correctional facilities, saying ‘it is healthy and welcomed’.