Conjugal prison visits not government policy
Prime Minister Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister Jim
Anderton confirmed that it was not government policy to have
conjugal visits in prisons.
"The Minister of Corrections
was expressing his desire to evaluate options being used
overseas to reduce re-offending.
"No such proposals have
even been brought to Cabinet for consideration," Helen Clark
and Jim Anderton
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