Conjugal visits are there to help preserve families
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. There, he routinely moved inmates out from their cells and into their conjugal visitation trailers. Conjugal visits in New York are actually referred to as the FRP -- "Family Reunion Program" -- or, as Ryan's fellow corrections officers liked to joke, "the 'Felon Reproduction Program.'" Conjugal visits are also called extended family visits -- making the whole sex thing kind of off-base.
Through the FRP, inmates can be visited by a legal spouse, child or children, or other immediate family member or partner. "Technically, I'm not sure if you can have a girlfriend [visit]," Ryan said, "but people did. They’d lie and say it was their sister, their cousin…"