Prisons: Only on Sunday

On the first and third Sunday of each month, inmates and their wives wend their way to small buildings scattered throughout the 21,000 acres sur rounding the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. There they relieve tensions and maintain a semblance of normality by taking advantage of the fact that Parchman is the only prison in the U.S. that allows conjugal visits —officially, at least.

Like a motel manager, a trusty dispenses keys and assigns check-out times for each building's half a dozen 8-ft. by 10-ft. rooms furnished with beds, tables and mirrors....

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