Conjugal Visits in the Context of Incarceration of Women and Girls in the State of Bahia, Brazil: Permissions, Prohibitions and (In)Visibilities

Authors

  • Natasha Maria Wangen Krahn Federal University of Bahia
  • Jalusa Silva de Arruda State University of Bahia
  • Jussara Carneiro Costa State University of Paraíba

Keywords:

Prison system, socio-educational system, incarcerated women, conjugal visitation, sexuality, Sistema penitenciario, sistema socioeducativo, mujeres encarceladas, visita conyugal, sexualidad

Abstract

This article analyzes the guarantee of the right to conjugal visits in contexts of incarceration for women and adolescent girls in a prison and in a socio-educational incarceration institution in the state of Bahia (Brazil). As exploratory research, the objective of this article is to understand how the right to conjugal visits is guaranteed (or not), the perceptions about this right, the difficulties for its fulfillment and the intersections with strategies of body control and sexuality of adult women and adolescents who are deprived of their liberty. Based on data obtained from literature review, documentary analysis and interviews with part of the staff at the incarceration institutions, it is possible to grasp the perceptions about the right to conjugal visitation by incarcerated women and adolescent girls, and the peculiarities of its implementation given gender specificities.

Este artículo analiza la garantía del derecho a las visitas conyugales en contextos de encarcelamiento de mujeres y adolescentes en una prisión y en una institución de encarcelamiento socioeducativa en el estado de Bahía (Brasil). Como investigación exploratoria, el objetivo de este artículo es comprender cómo se garantiza (o no) el derecho a las visitas conyugales, las percepciones sobre este derecho, las dificultades para su cumplimiento y las intersecciones con estrategias de control corporal y sexualidad de mujeres adultas y adolescentes privadas de libertad. A través de los datos obtenidos de la revisión de la literatura, el análisis documental y las entrevistas con parte del personal de las instituciones de encarcelamiento, es posible comprender las percepciones sobre el derecho a las visitas conyugales de mujeres y adolescentes encarceladas y las peculiaridades de su implementación dadas las especificidades de género.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1052

Author Biographies

Natasha Maria Wangen Krahn, Federal University of Bahia

Sociologist. Doctoral candidate in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Bahia. Researcher at the Laboratory of Studies on Crime and Society (LASSOS) of the Federal University of Bahia.

Jalusa Silva de Arruda, State University of Bahia

Lawyer and assistant professor at the State University of Bahia (campus XV). Doctoral candidate in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Bahia and researcher of the Laboratory of Studies on Crime and Society (LASSOS).

Jussara Carneiro Costa, State University of Paraíba

Social worker and professor at the Department of Social Work of the State University of Paraíba. Coordinates NINETS/UEPB (Nucleus of Investigations and Interventions in Social Technologies). Doctorate from the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies on Women, Gender and Feminisms of the Federal University of Bahia.

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Published

04-02-2019

How to Cite

Krahn, N. M. W., Arruda, J. S. de and Costa, J. C. (2019) “Conjugal Visits in the Context of Incarceration of Women and Girls in the State of Bahia, Brazil: Permissions, Prohibitions and (In)Visibilities”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 10(2), pp. 415–441. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/1125 (Accessed: 23 May 2022).