Just where does this tradition come from (at least in the context of the US)? Spoiler alert: it’s racism. And the transition in the US from “overt” slavery to the current system that masquerades as mass incarceration.

Interesting because conjugal visits themselves aren’t the problem; it’s good for reintegration for prisoners to retain ties to family and loved ones outside of jail which, yes, includes having intimate time alone with a spouse or partner. It’s just that, well. Conjugal visits haven’t always been used that way, or for that purpose.