The Nation: Slammer Nuptials

"Get me to the prison on time" is the latest refrain in California's twelve penal institutions. Since last October, when the California state legislature passed a statute restoring numerous civil rights to felons, including the right to marry, the wedding bells have been ringing loudly. In the last quarter of 1975, some 177 prisoners, or about 1% of state inmates, tied the knot. Slammer marriage ceremonies, usually per formed by prison chaplains or county officials, are maintaining roughly this same pace in the early months of 1976. Weddings are open to all prisoners, even the "lifers."

One reason for the increased tempo...

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