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Josh Duggar’s Trial: What Will the Convicted Felon Be Allowed to Do and Not Do in Prison?

The Duggar family will have one less family member at the dinner table for Christmas. Josh Duggar is currently sitting in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting sentencing on his two child pornography charges. Facing up to 20 years behind bars, Duggar spends most of his time alone and likely won't be granted conjugal visits.

Josh Duggar is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center while he awaits sentencing on two child pornography charges. Duggar, 33, is expected to be sentenced sometime in March or April. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Since the December 9 guilty verdict, Duggar family followers have been questioning exactly what the former used car salesman, will be allowed to do and what he will be denied while a federal prisoner. 

Josh Duggar will not be allowed conjugal visits while serving his sentence

There has been a fair amount of chatter about the potential of conjugal visits between Duggar and his wife of 13 years. Conjugal visits are meetings between inmates and their spouses or domestic partners that allow for extended, intimate contact. The visit could last hours or, in some cases, a full day. While some states allow conjugal visits, Arkansas is not one of them. According to the United States Office of Justice, five states currently support conjugal visits. The states that support such programs include Mississippi, New York, California, South Carolina, and Minnesota. 

Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar standing with each other and smiling at an event. Anna Duggar's hand is on her pregnant belly
Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar pose during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) | Kris Connor/Getty Images

Because Josh Duggar is currently being held in an Arkansas facility the detention center will not permit intimate contact with his wife. If Josh is held at a federal facility in the same state, he will not be allowed intimate contact with his wife for the duration of his sentence. While he has yet to be sentenced, Legal expert and YouTuber Emily D. Baker told The Ashley Reality Roundup that Duggar is likely facing between eight and 12 years behind bars. She did not share what facility she believes Duggar will end up in, though.

The father of seven will be eating alone for the holiday season 

This holiday season will be pretty different for the 33-year-old convicted felon. Instead of spending the day with a crowd of family members, Duggar will be spending his time inside a jail cell. He will also be eating his holiday meal alone. 

Josh Duggar's photo when he got arrested in April 2021. Josh Duggar's trial found him guilty of his crimes.
Josh Duggar’s photo when he got arrested in April 2021 | Washington County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images

The U.S. Sun spoke to an insider familiar with the Washington County Detention Center. Josh is being held at the facility ahead of his sentencing. The insider claims inmates will get a special meal for the upcoming holiday but that Duggar will be eating his meal completely alone. According to the source, inmates in solitary confinement, like Duggar, are not allowed any interaction with other inmates. Duggar has been held in solitary confinement since his intake.

Josh Duggar will have access to commissary items and some recreational activities 

For now, Duggar is confined to his cell for his own protection. His solitary lifestyle won’t last forever. Once a judge sentences him, they will move Duggar to a federal facility. Duggar will likely be absorbed into the general population and have the same privileges as other federal inmates. 

A prison cell block at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution
A prison cell block | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Josh Duggar will be allowed visits and contact with his family, including his wife and children. He will also be allowed to purchase personal items and property from the prison’s commissary. As long as he maintains good behavior, Duggar will have access to recreational activities, television, and educational programs.  

Where Josh Duggar will serve out his sentence remains unknown. While there is a federal penitentiary in Arkansas, the facility doesn’t offer any treatment program for sex offenders. The Department of Justice may choose to move Duggar to an out-of-state facility that provides a treatment program. Only nine federal facilities currently offer such programs, though.