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Old 12-31-2003, 09:58 AM
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Default Getting married in Rhode Island

The Prison Weddings Team is trying to provide inmate marriage information for all states.

As yet, the Prison Weddings team has not been able to access the Department of Corrections Rules for getting married in your state. Its our hope that you can help us with our project.

Do you have a copy of the policy/rules for getting married? If so, please post it in the thread below or let the Prison Weddings Team Member who posted this thread know where to get that information.

If you have gotten married in a correctional facility in your state, please provide the details and tell us of your experience in that same thread.

1. Did you have any counsling
2. How long did the whole process take
3. Did you have to find your own minister
4. Were you allowed any flowers or disposable camera
5. How many guests were allowed to be there
6. What was the process to get the marriage license
7. What were the costs you had to pay
8. What were the two of you allowed to wear
9. Were you allowed to bring a wedding band in for him or did it have to be mailed and what was the value limit

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Did anyone ever respond to you? My fiancee has asked me to marry him while he is incarcerated in Rhode Island Department of Corrections. And I was wondering if this is even possible?

Thank you in advance for any response!
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Default R.I. Dept. of Corrections/ ACI Marriage Procedure

This is taken directly from the packet an inmate must apply for.

R.I. Dept. of Corrections/ Adult Correctional Institutions Marriage Procedure

Inmates may get married according to ACI policy, which includes the following rules:

1. Bride and groom must be of the opposite sex. Bride or groom must be approved visitor.

2. The inmate and fiance/ fiancee must be legally free to marry. Previously married persons must present evidence of eligibility for marriage with either final certified copy of divorce or annulment papers or death certificate.

3. Both inmate and fiance/ fiancee must write inmate's counselor a letter requestion marriage with any required documents included. They must state they are legally free to marry, and the fiance/ fiancee should state that he/she is aware of the circumstances under which the inmate is incarcerated adn the length of his/her sentence.

4. Marriages are scheduled during the months of: February, April, June, August, October, and December. Religious ceremonies must be arranged and approved through the Chaplians' Office.

5. Marriage fees are to be paid by the bride or groom by money order or certified check. All fees for blood tests required by law will be paid by bride and groom prior to marriage ceremony.

6. Bride and groom must fill out marriage license information form and submit along with other papers required (See #3 above) to counselor.

7. A maximum of four witnesses may be present at marriage ceremony, WITNESSSES MUST BE APPROVED VISITORS ON INMATE'S VISITING CARD. Inmates may not be witnesses.

8. The marriage will not be scheduled until all required documentation is present and eligibility is confirmed. All documentation must be completed at least one month prior to the next available date for marriage.

9. Inmate's blood test is taken through the ACI. The prospective spouse must arrange for his/her own blood test and bring the Marriage Health Certificate with him/ her on the day of the marriage. Blood test may be taken no more than 30 days prior to the marriage.

10. Correspondence with the inmate's counselor may be addressed according to Departmental procedure. The ACI's marriage coordinator is the Coordinator of Counseling Services. However, all marriage papers and approval must be processed through assigned counselors. Inmates are not to contact anyone else, other than assigned counselors, for marriage procedures, scheduling blood tests, etc.
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