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State inmate wants Hattiesburg federal judge to reinstate conjugal visits

Former corrections commissioner Chris Epps halted conjugal visits for married state inmates on Jan. 31, 2014. Former corrections commissioner Chris Epps halted conjugal visits for married state inmates on Jan. 31, 2014.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A state inmate was at a hearing in federal court in Hattiesburg Tuesday, challenging the suspension of conjugal visits for state prisoners by former corrections commissioner Chris Epps.   Jehoikeem Mulazeem appeared before federal Judge Mike Parker. 

Mulazeem said his and other inmates' rights were violated when Epps ended conjugal visits for married prisoners in January of 2014. 

Epps resigned last November, and he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges six weeks ago.

The wives of several inmates attended the hearing.  

"It's been extremely hard on the families," said Angela Daniels, Mulazeem's wife. "We've had one inmate to commit suicide. His wife left him due to conjugal visits being taken."

Chrisie Harry Gatlin, wife of another inmate said, "We wanted to raise awareness. We are the voices for our husbands, who are incarcerated."

Both sides in the case have agreed to have it settled by a federal judge, but no trial date has been set.  

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