Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What is Recidivism?


  1. the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend.

    "the prison has succeeded in reducing recidivism"

Although my sons have been a part of the Texas prison system for over 20 years, the first time I heard this word was at a TIFA* rally in Austin on 11/7/2014.  I had no idea what it meant and still can't pronounce it.

Thankfully, my youngest finally grew up and realized what kept sending him back; he was hanging with the wrong crowd.  He has since found someone to love that loves and supports him so he has NO intention of ever going back.

This is one of the things that those 'on the inside' and/or 'behind the wall' need.  Love and support from the outside.  Parents, children, spouses, friends or just PenPals; EVERYBODY needs SOMEBODY to support them.  Francois from the Estelle unit stated it best in his Twogether in Texas course material, "She made me whole again, giving me life after losing HOPE".

Why am I blogging about Recidivism in a Prison Wedding blog, you ask?  Why not?

Many of our couples start out as PenPals after being introduced by family members or finding a name on a website.  Some of these write for many years while others a few short months before deciding that this is the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with.

Whether they knew each other before or 'Met While Incarcerated', love is love and the heart wants what the heart wants.

The Family and Recidivism

Incarcerated men and women who maintain contact with supportive family members are more likely to succeed after their release. 

Texas Department of Criminal Justice has an Agency Strategic Plan for 2017 - 2021
GOAL: Rehabilitation and Reentry Programs To develop and provide evidence-based rehabilitation and reentry programs that reduce recidivism and facilitate positive change in the lives of offenders.

Texas Inmate Families Association

TIFA's mission is to break the cycle of crime by strengthening families through support, education and advocacy.

Friday, May 11, 2018


Texas Prison Weddings is in it's 3rd year. We have helped make that special 'I DO' Moment Memorable for close to 200 couple and hope to continue for a long time to come. If Texas Prison Weddings helped make that special Moment Memorable for you and your One True Love, we want to hear from you.

Our Clients Speak

Brenda, Mother of Mrs Rubio
“Thank you so much for everything and for helping us make it happen."

“My appreciation for Jo Anne, you did a wonderful job"

Texas Roads to Texas Prison Weddings in TDCJ

Texas Department of Criminal Justice consists of 106 units.  Texas Prison Wedding officiants have been to at least 54 of them and can travel to all.  Since March 2015, we have traveled over 100,000 miles along Texas roads performing prison and jail weddings.

Unit Name City County
Allred Iowa Park Wichita *
Beto Tennessee Colony Anderson *
Boyd Teague Freestone *
Bradshaw Henderson Rusk *
Bridgeport Bridgeport Wise
Briscoe Dilley Frio
Byrd Huntsville Walker
Clemens Brazoria Brazoria *
Clements Amarillo Potter *
Cleveland Cleveland Liberty
Coffield Palestine Anderson *
Cole Bonham Fannin *
Connally Kenedy Karnes *
Cotulla Cotulla La Salle
Crain Gatesville Coryell
Dalhart Dalhart Hartley
Daniel Snyder Scurry
Darrington Rosharon Brazoria *
Diboll Diboll Angelina *
Dominguez San Antonio Bexar *
Duncan Diboll Angelina
East Texas Henderson Rusk
Eastham Lovelady Houston *
Ellis Riverside Walker *
Estelle Riverside Walker *
Estes Venus Johnson *
Ferguson Midway Madison *
Formby Plainview Hale *
Fort Stockton Fort Stockton Pecos
Garza East Beeville Bee *
Garza West Beeville Bee *
Gist Beaumont Jefferson *
Glossbrenner San Diego Duvall
Goodman Jasper Jasper *
Goree Huntsville Walker
Gurney Palestine Anderson *
Halbert Burnet Burnet
Hamilton Bryan Brazos
Havins Brownwood Brown
Henley Dayton Liberty
Hightower Dayton Liberty *
Hilltop Gatesville Coryell
Hobby Marlin Falls *
Hodge Rusk Cherokee
Holliday Huntsville Walker *
Hospital Galveston Galveston Galveston
Hughes Gatesville Coryell *
Huntsville Huntsville Walker *
Hutchins Dallas Dallas *
Jester  Richmond Fort Bend
Johnston Winnsboro Wood
Jordan / Baten Pampa Gray
Kyle Kyle Hays
LeBlanc Beaumont Jefferson *
Lewis Woodville Tyler *
Lindsey Jacksboro Jack
Lockhart Lockhart Caldwell
Lopez Edinburg Hidalgo *
Luther Navasota Grimes *
Lychner Atascocita Harris *
Lynaugh Fort Stockton Pecos
Marlin Marlin Falls
McConnell Beeville Bee *
Michael Tennessee Colony Anderson *
Middleton Abilene Jones
Montford Lubbock Lubbock
Moore, B. Overton Rusk
Moore, C. Bonham Fannin *
Mountain View Gatesville Coryell
Murray Gatesville Coryell *
Neal Amarillo Potter
Ney Hondo Medina
Pack Navasota Grimes *
Plane Dayton Liberty
Polunsky Livingston Polk *
Powledge Palestine Anderson *
Ramsey Rosharon Brazoria *
Roach Childress Childress
Robertson Abilene Jones
Rudd Brownfield Terry
San Saba San Saba San Saba
Sanchez El Paso El Paso
Sayle Breckridge Stephens
Scott Angleton Brazoria *
Segovia Edinburg Hidalgo *
Skyview Rusk Cherokee
Smith Lamesa Dawson *
South Texas Houston Harris
Stevenson Cuero DeWitt
Stiles Beaumont Jefferson *
Stringfellow Rosharon Brazoria *
Telford New Boston Bowie *
Terrell Rosharon Brazoria *
Torres Hondo Medina *
Travis County Austin Travis
Tulia Tulia Swisher
Vance Richmond Fort Bend *
Wallace Colorado City Mitchell
Ware Colorado City Mitchell
West Texas Lubbock Terry
Wheeler Plainview Hale
Willacy County Raymondville Willacy *
Woodman Gatesville Coryell
Wynne Huntsville Walker *
Young Dickinson Galveston

* Units we've been to

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Twogether in Texas Premarital Course

Memorable Moment
is an approved provider of the
Twogether in Texas Premarital Course
that will save $60 on the cost of your marriage license.   

It is not required but is included at no additional cost to you.

Depending on the county, 
marriage licenses cost $72 - $82
but you will only pay $12 - $22
with the Twogether in Texas course.