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


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.