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Marriage - Marrying a Prisoner
Marriage within the prison facilities is allowed. You must first write a letter to the Chaplain at the Correctional Facility where the prisoner is housed indicating that you want to marry Prisoner (prisoner's name), MDOC # (prisoner's number). Follow any instructions the Chaplain may provide, and provide copies of any documents requested.
The prisoner must also write a "kite" to the Chaplain at the correctional facility. The correspondence should state his or her intention to marry you, and ask for the information needed to plan a wedding. The Chaplain should respond to the prisoner within a week. If he/she does not, the prisoner should re-kite the Chaplain.
A marriage license must be obtained at the court house in YOUR county of residence. If you do not live in the State of Michigan, a marriage license must be obtained from the court house in county where the prisoner is currently located. Contact the court house in advance and ask what documentation is required to obtain a marriage license.
Weddings are scheduled based on the availability of time, space and staff work schedules. The Chaplain will require time to schedule the wedding. On the day of the wedding bring with you all documentation requested by the Chaplain. The prisoner's ring cannot be more than $75 and must be a plain band (without stones or insignia).
For more information, please contact the Chaplain at the facility where the prisoner is currently housed.