what is the right to conjugal visits for inmates as it relates to inmates and correctional institutions?

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By virtue of their conviction and incarceration inmates in a state or federal correctional facility have very few rights other than basic human rights. There is no right for conjugal visits. There is no right for any type of visit. All visitors to a correctional facility or jail do so at the discretion of the management of the facility. The area of law where inmates have filed suit and do have basic human rights fall under the Eighth Amendment of the Bill of Rights concerning cruel and unusual punishment. For example, a prisoner or inmate has the right to receive nutrition every day, they have the right to be fed food, but they can not tell the institution what type of food they want. Another example is the prisoner has the right to be clothed but they must wear facility issued clothing.