The Rights of Inmates to Conjugal Rights: Uganda in Perspective


Conjugal rights for inmates exist when conjugal visits are made by their spouses or family to their places of confinement. They are considered a privilege for prisoners who have exhibited good behaviour during their term of incarceration. Consequently, it has been given legal backing in constitutions and enactments like Corrections Management (Private Family Visits) Policy 2009. Similarly, the Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC) is set to amend the Prison’s Act to, among other things, reflect the current situation and public demands, including availing conjugal rights for inmates. This article is intended to discuss whether conjugal rights are privileges or rights, examine the arguments for and against conjugal rights for inmates and explain the different aspects of conjugal rights.

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UNILAG Law Review, (2018) Volume 2 Edition 1

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