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Italian court bans conjugal visitors for prison inmates

Ruling says sexual visits upset security and order

Italian court bans conjugal visitors for prison inmates

Rome, December 19 - Italy's Constitutional Court has upheld laws barring conjugal visits by spouses to prison inmates. In a ruling Wednesday, the court rejected questions raised by a Florence judge about a requirement that prison visits be supervised. That judge suggested that this rule contravened fundamental human rights. But the high court said the rules exist to protect the "order and security" in prison, adding changes would have to be made by a legislative body.

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