A. Each unit shall provide two non-visitation workdays per month for offenders to be married in the visitation area of the offender’s assigned unit. Any exceptions shall be made on a case-by-case basis as authorized by the warden.
- The date is set by the unit, not you and not us.
- Rarely but occasionally, the Warden and/or Chaplain may attend.
- The chaplain may meet with your LO to set the date, he will contact you then you MUST notify us.
- On occasion, there may be a meeting in the visitation; the unit will assign another location for the ceremony.
- Only the bride, groom and officiant are allowed; no visitors.
- In most cases when the ceremony is over, it's over; there is no 'visit' time.
- This is clear, marriage is NOT permitted between offenders.
- Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics shall not be allowed.
- Sleeveless shirts and dresses are allowed, but must cover the shoulders.
- Shorts and skirts no shorter than three inches above the middle of the knee while standing, capri pants, or long pants are allowed.
- Wedding attire should have little or no cleavage, sleeves or a jacket and skirts should not be too short or tight. All units do not have the 'Gown of Shame' so we suggest you have back-up in your car.
- Vows written by the officiant and/or the intended is considered a document.
- Keys and TDL and/or state ID only.
- We cannot stress this enough, there is NO ring exchange. The officiant may bless YOUR rings but you must wear it in and NOT remove it.
- Pictures are $3 each just like in visit however most State Jails do not do pictures.
- The offender is escorted out after the ceremony and the new spouse as well as the officiant must leave the property.
- This is clear. Sometimes but not always, the unit may make a copy of the license.
- In most cases, this is correct. However some units will not make the change til a certified copy of the filed license is sent back to Classification at the unit.
Excerpt from AD-03.42 Offender Marriages with additional explaination