There is a view that conjugal visits can assist in reducing forced sex among prisoners, something which is widespread the world over.
But while the criteria laid out by the ministry are sound, we believe that there is great need for additional clarification, beyond the mere satisfaction of the standards outlined.
Maintaining a long-distance relationship can be challenging at the best of times.
For most women, the idea of not seeing a partner for months on end can be daunting, to say the least.
The new focus is on preparing the prisoner to return to society and to function as a normal citizen.
We, therefore, agree with the ministry's position that conjugal visits be part of an incentive system for those who have met the criteria.
At the outset, we should make it clear that we support the idea of allowing conjugal visits on the basis that the ministry has outlined.
By design, a conjugal visit is supposed to preserve a family unit, said Ryan (name changed), a 29-year-old corrections officer who used to be stationed at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, NY.
According to The Prison Reform Trust, the average distance an individual has to travel to visit their partner in prison is 60 miles.