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Old 11-07-2003, 09:00 PM
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This is a link of the policies provided by the Arizona Department of Correction. If you have a Arizona wedding story you would like to share then please do so here.

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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Years ago, I married someone in the Safford prison and I am currently divorced from him. It was kind of depressing. I don't recommend anyone marrying anyone in prison - wait till they get out.

1. Did you have any counsling?

The chaplain met with us two times and basically tried to discourage us from getting married. They didn't offer counseling.

2. How long did the whole process take?

10 minutes to get married and 15 minutes to visit afterwards.

3. Did you have to find your own minister?

I think you had the option of having your own minister but we opted for a justice of the peace.

4. Were you allowed any flowers or disposable camera?

No....nothing

5. How many guests were allowed to be there?

Noone

6. What was the process to get the marriage license?

We had to apply for a marriage license in the county where the prison is located.

7. What were the costs you had to pay?

It was about $50 for the license and the $60 for the justice of the peace to come out to the prison.

8. What were the two of you allowed to wear?

Normal visit clothes.

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?

We didn't have any rings so I'm not sure about this.
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Hi !! We just got married last week~
1. I met 1 time with the counselor
2. the ceremony took about 15 minutes and we had an hour afterwards to visit
3. We had the JP do it
4. No flowers or cameras
5. We were told 2 approved "guests" (too late though)
6. The clerk came to the unit and we did the paperwork there before the ceremony
7. $70 for the license, $100 for the JP, $35 for the clerk
8. he wore orange and I wore a dress that was "visitation approved"
9. I brought in our rings, with the receipt the maximum value allowed was $140.00 for his band and he just filled out a property sheet and was able to "keep" his band
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1. Did you have any counsling?
We each had an interview with the Chaplain. I spoke to him over the phone because I live out of state. We had a brief visit a couple months before the wedding during one of our regular visits. He was very kind and spoke of what it will be like when he comes home. Since we have known each other since long before he was incarcerated he did not discourage us. He did ask questions to insure that we really knew each other and knew what we were getting into.

2. How long did the whole process take?
I don't remember since our situation was unusual with me living 2000 miles away. We started the process about 6 - 8 months before we got married.

3. Did you have to find your own minister?
The Chaplain recommended a local minister and we used him.

4. Were you allowed any flowers or disposable camera?
No flowers or cameras, but we did get our photo taken the next day at visit.

5. How many guests were allowed to be there?
I think we could have had up to 6, but only had our son.

6. What was the process to get the marriage license?
The Chaplain contacted the County Clerk and she brought the license with her.

7. What were the costs you had to pay?
I think it was about 85 to the clerk and 60 to the minister, but I don't remember.

8. What were the two of you allowed to wear?
He wore a lovely shade of orange, and I made a simple white dress that met with the dresscode.

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?
I was allowed to bring a ring with a receipt. I think the dollar limit was $250.
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I am getting married on 8-9-04
I met with the chaplain
then it was just process and keeping DOC on top of it
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They had not had a wedding at the prison where we will be married since 1997 so it has been new for thme all
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1. We did not have counseling but since we are LDS we had to get permission from my bishop first.
2. Our process took about 1 1/2 years. Although this is not normal. The DOC kept losing our paperwork, then they moved him when we were supposed to get married and then we had to start the process over, then there was a hostage situation and we finally got married on 2/11/04.
3. He goes to church every Sunday, and he asked that man who would be able to do it for us.
4. They did let our daughter bring in her flowers cause she wanted to be the flower girl.
5. They let our daughter and then my dad and his mom.
6. I just had to do all the running around, to courthouse and then mail him the forms so he could sign, notarize mail back to me then I had to take them back to the courthouse.
7. Just the $50.00 for the license
8. He wore his orange and I wore a dress that was approved.
9. I brought his ring in, and I got him a good one so it would last. They say the value must be $120 or something like that I dont even know, I just know I bought him the ring I wanted him to have and now he wont take it off...
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hello what do they ask when they call for the phone interview
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I recently got engaged on feb.26 we want to get mariried when he gets to the joint. any tips or information will help a bunch thanks
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Hi, I just got married 5 days ago at the Tucson Prison... Here's what happened:

1. COUNSELING: No, they did not require it.
2. LENGTH OF TIME: The longest part was just waiting for the approval from the warden which took about a month - then we had to get our Chaplain approved as he did some federal time 20 years ago and that took another month.
3. MINISTER: We could have used the prison chaplain and he cost $150, however I brought our own and he didn't charge me.
4. FLOWERS / CAMERA: No on both, I brought a paper drawing of a flower that a friend had drawn and my husband purchased picture "tickets" and they took the pictures. (2)
5. GUESTS: We were allowed anyone who was on the visitation list, however we did get a "special visit" for his daughter & granddaughter.
6. LICENSE: In Tucson, I had to go to the courthouse and purchase the license, then they took it to the prison the following day and had him sign it. then it was kept their in visitation until we needed it.
7. COST: The only cost was the $50 fee for the license.
8. CLOTHING: He was in orange and I had to follow standard visition rules (dress to the knee, collar bone & sleeves)
9. BAND: I was allowed to bring a band that he received during the ceremony and they didn't question the value.
All in all in went real smooth - I'm very happy. Just wish they had conjugal visits.
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We got married in ASPC-Yuma on Feb. 15, 2008.
It was a beautiful ceremony and everything went perfect!

1. Did you have any counsling
No, it was not required.

2. How long did the whole process take
Two weeks to set up the wedding. They only perform wedding
ceremonies the third friday of every month.

3. Did you have to find your own minister
Yes. I brought my own minister.

4. Were you allowed any flowers or disposable camera
Disposable camera's are not allowed. The visitation Sgt. took four
pictures of us. I did not ask about flowers.

5. How many guests were allowed to be there
I don't know how many were allowed. I brought two witnesses and
one additional guest.

6. What was the process to get the marriage license
The process was started by ADOC contacting The Clerk Of The Court
in Yuma. The marriage license was brought out to the prison the day
of the wedding, and the paperwork was filled out at that time.

7. What were the costs you had to pay
The minister was free. The marriage license was $86 which included
a certified copy being mailed to me.

8. What were the two of you allowed to wear
He wore prison orange. I wore visitation clothing.

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
Yes. The value limit was $150. They took a copy of the ring and
receipt.
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Joel and I were Married at ASPC Douglas Az on October 5th 2007

1. Did you have any counsling
NOPE IT WAS NOT REQUIRED

2. How long did the whole process take
AROUND 3 TO 4 MONTHS BUT I WAS ON TOP OF IT...CALLING SEVERAL TIMES A DAY...IT WAS ALOT OF WORK. BUT WELL WORTH IT

3. Did you have to find your own minister
I WASNT ABLE TO GET ONE FOR THE DAY THAT WE DECIDED ON SO MY MOTHER BECAME ORDAINED AS A MINISTER AND MARRIED US

4. Were you allowed any flowers or disposable camera
NO PICTURES BUT WHEN I ARRIVED THAT MORNING THE INMATES HAD PICKED FLOWERS FROM THEIR YARD AND ARRANGED THEM FOR US...VASES WERENT ALLOWED VASES TO THEY CUT SODA BOTTLES IN HALF AND TOOK THE WRAPPING OFF AND USED THEM FOR VASES. WHEN JOEL CAME IN HE HAD A BOQUET HE HAD MADE FOR ME HELD TOGETHER BY PAPER TOWLS AND TAPE...i STILL HAVE IT IN MY ROOM. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

5. How many guests were allowed to be there
4 PLUS A MINISTER AND 2 OF THE VISITORS WOULD BE WITNESSES BUT NO ONE ELSE WAS APPROVED ON HIS LIST YET AND SINCE MY MOM WAS THE MINISTER WE DIDNT HAVE ANYONE ELSE SO HIS co3/counsler AND a co WERE THERE AS WITNESSES.

6. What was the process to get the marriage license
WELL SINCE HE WAS 7 HOURS AWAY FROM ME I HAD TO DO IT THROUGH THE MAIL...I CALLED ORIGIONALLY AND THEY SENT ME THE FORM...I FILLED IT OUT...SENT IT TO JOEL...HE SENT IT BACK TO ME AND I SENT IT BACK TO THEM...THAN THEY SENT ME A FORM TO SIGN AND HAVE NOTARIZED SO I SIGNED...SENT IT TO JOEL..HE SIGNED IT AND HAD IT NOTARIZED THEN SENT IT TO ME WHICH I THEN SENT BACK TO THE COURT WITH 50 THAN I RECEIVED MY LICENSE A FEW WEEKS LATER. PAIN IN THE BUTT.

7. What were the costs you had to pay
50 for the license...AND JUST THE COSTS OF MY TRIP WHICH WAS NORMAL SO 300 TO 400 DOLLARS.

8. What were the two of you allowed to wear
HE STILL WORE ORANGE AND THE DRESS CODE FOR ME STILL APPLIED SO I ENDED UP WEARING ALL BLACK BUT I STILL LOOKED NICE.

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
THE VALUE LIMIT WAS ACTUALLY 100 AND HE HAD THE RING PRIOR TO THE WEDDING....EVEN THOUGH HE WASNT SUPPOSED TO... I BROUGHT IT AT A VISIT.
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We got married in ASPC-Yuma on Feb. 15, 2008.
It was a beautiful ceremony and everything went perfect!

aaw yay!! thats was my 18th birthday!!!!!!
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Hi my baby asked me to marry him i would look to see what the process is but my phone wont let me sad face so id like to know the process getting it started and how long did it take and what happend the day you got married im in az thanks so much
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Congratulations!

Although it has been 7 years since I was married at ASP Florence, I recall that my husband submitted a request and then I was called down to Central Unit to meet with a counselor who did his best to discourage me. Wanted to make sure I was clear on my husbands crime, statistics on how many marriages fail and on and on....once that was done we were approved and I believe a few months later we were married.

I went to his unit and waited outside in the parking lot until they called me in, the preacher was there and prison staff. Wasn't allowed to bring anyone with me. We were married and were allowed about 45 minutes to sit in the visiting area and just be alone for awhile.

This all cost me about $500 dollars.

What I remember the most is, you could not have told me I was in a prison, I was lost in my husbands eyes. I just wore what I usually visited in.

We have been together 10 years, married 7 and he has been out 4 of those.

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my husband is in Florence central unit . he got the paper work from the chaplain and with in 2 months it was approved the cost is $207.00 we are set to marry on 8/25/10 . the ring can not exceed $150.00. hope this helps just have him contact his unit chapalin. and yes they do try and talk you out of it .
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I hope its only that long and they will never talk me out of it i love him a lot and we have a daughter together when did he have to start it
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Each prison seems to have different procedures but as was stated above, he has to put in the request first. Regarding Yuma, it was fairly easy to do with next wedding dates in Sept and Dec (3rd Fri of the month). The license was $95, Pastor $125. The Clerk of Court came to the prison that day to fill out license. The one catch was we had to supply two witness's, therefore putting in a special visitation application for them.
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Thanks so much everybody im going to talk it over wit him and see if he wants to wait till he gets out but i dont wanna but with things going on with him in there hell probably wanna wait
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My boyfriend was @ Florence before they send him to Winslow he wanted to get married! But never checked in to it! We didn't know if they would let us 'cause he's from Mexico and isn't legall! Do you know if it matters??I hope you can answer my question!!
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my husband is in Florence central unit . he got the paper work from the chaplain and with in 2 months it was approved the cost is $207.00 we are set to marry on 8/25/10 . the ring can not exceed $150.00. hope this helps just have him contact his unit chapalin. and yes they do try and talk you out of it .
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Does anyone know of any and what their numbers are and if theyve done and weddings in yuma
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does anyone know of any and what their numbers are and if theyve done and weddings in yuma
i dont know yet but my man just got to yuma on sept 1 and i am planning to find out. How often do you go visit? I live in phx and will b visiting every weekend i have a car if u ever need a ride
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hi my names amanda and i have been searching all over the net to find out info bout getting married in smu 1 ........ i just visited him today and he said he has put in 3 request for a marrige packet..... and they have not said or gave him nothing....{he also said because he is practicing the aztec realigion the chaplin was dissing him} can they do that? please give me all the info and expearinences you have had thanks
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Im in the same situation here.. Were trying to locate a minster for the ceremony and I heard that most ministers in yuma will not do it at the prison. Although I was informed that the mormon church will do the ceremony no questions asked but all they ask is you attend their church at least once. I have a few people on here that will do the ceremony but they want like hundreds of dollars to do it and for me thats just a bit much for my pocket book. Girl I wish you the best of luck and I will definitely keep you posted if I hear anything..
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