N.Y. Court Says Inmates Can Keep Child Visit Rights

ALBANY (AP) -

New York’s highest court says parents don’t lose child visitation rights in prison.

The Court of Appeals says Shawn Granger is entitled to periodic four-hour prison visits with his four-year-old son. Granger’s attorney had sued after the child’s mother refused to bring him.

But a Family Court judge found that Granger, imprisoned at Clinton Correctional Facility, was involved in the child’s life “in a meaningful way” before his imprisonment.

A unanimous court ruled Tuesday that New York law presumes parental visits are in the child’s best interest. That can be rebutted with evidence showing a visit would harm the child.