New Mexico prisons to end overnight family visits - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

New Mexico prisons to end overnight family visits

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press
 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates.

The agency said Wednesday inmates will no longer be allowed conjugal visits beginning May 1.

Officials say the policy change comes after two years of "careful consideration."

The policy recently drew scrutiny after it was revealed last year that convicted killer and rapist Michael Guzman fathered multiple children while serving a life sentence.

Officials say only a small portion of the nearly 7,000 New Mexico prison inmates qualified for overnight family visits.

Currently, only four other states - California, Connecticut, New York, and Washington - allow conjugal visits. The practice is forbidden in federal prisons.

Mississippi ended its conjugal visit policy earlier this year.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Arrest made in hit-and-run that injured 3 pedestrians in Portland, OR

    Arrest made in hit-and-run that injured 3 pedestrians in Portland, OR

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:42 PM EDT2018-05-25 17:42:44 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 3:59 PM EDT2018-05-25 19:59:52 GMT

    Police located the SUV that injured three women on a sidewalk in Portland, OR.

    Police located the SUV that injured three women on a sidewalk in Portland, OR.

  • 2 shot, student in custody in IN middle school shooting

    2 shot, student in custody in IN middle school shooting

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:40 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:40:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-05-25 20:07:38 GMT

    At least three people have been taken to hospitals, and two of those were reportedly shot.

    At least three people have been taken to hospitals, and two of those were reportedly shot.

  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 4:05 PM EDT2018-05-25 20:05:15 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

Powered by Frankly