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Jo Anne is a very good officiant, she goes out of her way to make your day as special as it should be!!
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So funny.
Don't forget, ladies, you were his choice too. Remember this when times get tough.

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09/05/2021

#TPWblessings of Oct and Nov 2021

TDCJ weddings are being scheduled, follow our calendar at TexasPrisonWeddings.com to see where we will be when. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you both soon.

10/01 #TDCJSmith in Lemesa
10/12 #TDCJConnally in Kenedy
10/13 #TDCJDarrington in Rosharon

11/01 #TDCJ

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#TPWblessings of Oct and Nov 2021

TDCJ weddings are being scheduled, follow our calendar at TexasPrisonWeddings.com to see where we will be when. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you both soon.

10/01 #TDCJSmith in Lemesa
10/12 #TDCJConnally in Kenedy
10/13 #TDCJDarrington in Rosharon

11/01 #TDCJ

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09/04/2021

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09/01/2021

#TPWblessings of Sept and Oct 2021

TDCJ weddings are being scheduled, follow our calendar at TexasPrisonWeddings.com to see where we will be when. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you both soon.

09/01 #TDCJRamsey in Rosharon 💍💍
09/02 #TDCJHutchins in Dallas 💍
09/07 #TDCJJohnston in Winnsboro
09/08 #TDCJBell in Cleveland
09/10 #TDCJVance in Sugarland
09/14 #TDCJEstelle in Riverside
09/14 #TDCJPolunsky in Livingston
09/15 #TDCJWainwright in Lovelady
09/24 #FCIbastrop in Bastrop

10/01 #TDCJSmith in LaMesa
10/12 #TDCJConnally in Kenedy
10/13 #TDCJDarrington in Rosharon

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#TPWblessings of Sept and Oct 2021

TDCJ weddings are being scheduled, follow our calendar at TexasPrisonWeddings.com to see where we will be when. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you both soon.

09/01 #TDCJRamsey in Rosharon 💍💍
09/02 #TDCJHutchins in Dallas 💍
09/07 #TDCJJohnston in Winnsboro
09/08 #TDCJBell in Cleveland
09/10 #TDCJVance in Sugarland
09/14 #TDCJEstelle in Riverside
09/14 #TDCJPolunsky in Livingston
09/15 #TDCJWainwright in Lovelady
09/24 #FCIbastrop in Bastrop

10/01 #TDCJSmith in LaMesa
10/12 #TDCJConnally in Kenedy
10/13 #TDCJDarrington in Rosharon

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Texas Prison Weddings - TDCJ Officiants, TDCJ Weddings 08/20/2021

Texas Prison Weddings - TDCJ Officiants, TDCJ Weddings

The blessings received from being a #TDCJwedding officiant have been so rewarding. I love what I DO.

Established in 2015, #TexasPrisonWeddings is committed to providing #TDCJmarriage services to those in the Texas prison system. Our #TDCJofficiants are #TDCJapproved and available to help you and your #OneTrueLove say #I_DO during your #TexasPrisonWedding . It may not be the wedding of your dreams but your #TPWkeepsakes and #TPWpictures will help preserve the memories for years to come.

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Texas Prison Weddings - TDCJ Officiants, TDCJ Weddings Texas Prison Weddings has TDCJ Officiants approved to perform TDCJ Weddings. Let us help make your Special Moment Memorable for you and your One True Love.

08/10/2021

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ROAD TRIP to #TDCJMichael!

TDCJ weddings are being scheduled, follow our calendar at TexasPrisonWeddings.com to see where we will be when. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you both soon.

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08/08/2021

TODAY IS NATIONAL LOVE YOUR INMATE DAY
🤗💜🙏🏻🥰

Psalm 23:4—Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 145:18—The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Isaiah 41:10—So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

Matt 25:36 - I was in prison and you visited me

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TODAY IS NATIONAL LOVE YOUR INMATE DAY
🤗💜🙏🏻🥰

Psalm 23:4—Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 145:18—The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Isaiah 41:10—So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

Matt 25:36 - I was in prison and you visited me

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08/07/2021

#TPWblessings of Aug and Sept 2021

TDCJ weddings are being scheduled, follow our calendar at TexasPrisonWeddings.com to see where we will be when. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you both soon.

08/03 #TDCJGarza in Beeville 💍
08/04 #TDCJCMoore in Bonham 💍
08/10 #TDCJMichael in Tennessee Colony💍
08/11 #TDCJBell in Cleveland 💍
08/12 #TDCJRamsey in Rosharon 💍
08/18 #TDCJWynne in Huntsville 💍
08/25 #TDCJWynne in Huntsville 💍
08/31 #TDCJTorres in San Antonio 💍

09/01 #TDCJRamsey in Rosharon 💍💍
09/02 #TDCJHutchins in Dallas 💍
09/07 #TDCJJohnston in Winnsboro
09/08 #TDCJBell in Cleveland
09/10 #TDCJVance in Sugarland
09/14 #TDCJEstelle on Riverside
09/14 #TDCJPolunsky on Livingston
09/15 #TDCJWainwright in Lovelady
09/24 #FCIBastrop in Bastrop

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#TPWblessings of Aug and Sept 2021

TDCJ weddings are being scheduled, follow our calendar at TexasPrisonWeddings.com to see where we will be when. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you both soon.

08/03 #TDCJGarza in Beeville 💍
08/04 #TDCJCMoore in Bonham 💍
08/10 #TDCJMichael in Tennessee Colony💍
08/11 #TDCJBell in Cleveland 💍
08/12 #TDCJRamsey in Rosharon 💍
08/18 #TDCJWynne in Huntsville 💍
08/25 #TDCJWynne in Huntsville 💍
08/31 #TDCJTorres in San Antonio 💍

09/01 #TDCJRamsey in Rosharon 💍💍
09/02 #TDCJHutchins in Dallas 💍
09/07 #TDCJJohnston in Winnsboro
09/08 #TDCJBell in Cleveland
09/10 #TDCJVance in Sugarland
09/14 #TDCJEstelle on Riverside
09/14 #TDCJPolunsky on Livingston
09/15 #TDCJWainwright in Lovelady
09/24 #FCIBastrop in Bastrop

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TDCJ News - Visitation to Resume 08/06/2021

TDCJ News - Visitation to Resume

August Now Open for Visitation Scheduling

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is continuing to make changes to the resumption of inmate visitation.

As of July 1, contact visitation will resume for all inmates who are eligible to receive contact visits and have received the COVID vaccination. Contact visits will be two-hours in length and may consist of 2 adult and 2 child visitors at a time. Children of all ages will be allowed to visit inmates accompanied by an adult. Each inmate will be allowed two contact visits per month. Each inmate is allowed two visits total per month contact or non-contact and those visits MAY be on back-to-back days. Each non-contact visit is one hour in length. All visits must be pre-scheduled.

Visitation times remain from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Appointments for August may be made starting at 8:00 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2021, by calling the unit of assignment.

Visitors over the age of 13 who wish to provide proof of vaccination more than 14 days prior to the visit will not be required to take a COVID rapid test before entry to the unit. All others will have to take a COVID rapid test before entering the unit. Masks are still required to be worn in most locations.

There are 11 units that have achieved a total of 70% or higher vaccination rates (percentage combines inmates and staff). At those units masks are NO LONGER required. That includes visitors.

The units are Briscoe, Daniel, Duncan, Fort Stockton, Huntsville, Jester III, Lynaugh, Mountain View, Pack, Ramsey, and Terrell.

Units will be evaluated weekly for their vaccination percentage and when units achieve 70% participation they will be added to this list.

Registration for visits may now be made for the month of August by calling the unit of assignment of the inmate you would like to visit. Visitors must still be on the approved visitation lists of the inmate to visit.

Visitors are encouraged to call the day before the visit to verify if the visit is still scheduled and to arrive at least one hour in advance of their scheduled visit time. Vending Machines are now operational, available, and items may be exchanged between visitors and inmates. The entire visit seating area and phones will be sanitized routinely with a 10% bleach solution or vital oxide.

On March 13, 2020, the TDCJ suspended visitation after a disaster declaration was issued by Governor Greg Abbott. The decision, while difficult, was necessary to limit the introduction of COVID-19 into correctional facilities. Through an aggressive testing campaign and strong mitigation efforts, the agency has seen a significant reduction of coronavirus cases in the inmate population and is prepared to begin allowing limited visitation.

Understanding the importance of communication with loved ones, the agency expanded access to the offender telephone system, introduced video visitation which will remain, and implemented other creative opportunities to keep incarcerated individuals and their families connected during the pandemic. The TDCJ believes it can safely resume limited face-to-face visits and access to volunteers with appropriate safety measures in place.

TDCJ News - Visitation to Resume Face2Face: Offenders, families stay connected with TDCJ’s new video visitation

07/26/2021

A long day tomorrow and
an even longer week ahead.
Three Rivers tomorrow,
Michael on Tuesday and
Dominguez on Thursday.
I love what I DO.

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A long day tomorrow and
an even longer week ahead.
Three Rivers tomorrow,
Michael on Tuesday and
Dominguez on Thursday.
I love what I DO.

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07/22/2021

It's not the Venue
that makes the Wedding
It's the Love
that makes the Marriage

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It's the Love
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The Pandemic Rush on Prison Weddings 07/21/2021

The Pandemic Rush on Prison Weddings

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The Pandemic Rush on Prison Weddings
By Zara Stone 7/21/2021

With Covid-19 restrictions lifted, many inmates who had to postpone their weddings last year are hoping to finally tie the knot. However, the increased demand could mean a longer wait.

Like many pandemic brides in 2020, Jenny Smith’s wedding plans were put on hold. She had hoped to reschedule for this summer, but found that her officiant was booked up until February 2022. “I’m impatient to get it done — I’m ready to be his Mrs.,” said Ms. Smith, 41, who lives in Garland, Texas, and is unemployed.

Ms. Smith had already sourced her dress, an ivory, ankle-length gown, with three-quarter-length sleeves and a high surplice neckline from David’s Bridal. It had to be modest, she said, because anything overly revealing could be censured by the prison guards.

Ms. Smith’s nightmare is being forced to wear a baggy blue smock on her wedding day, the Texas department of corrections’ fallback attire for visitors that don’t adhere to the dress code. Ms. Smith’s fiancé is incarcerated in West Livingston, Texas, and becomes eligible for parole in 2030. “If your wedding has been put off because of Covid, where it is doesn’t make a difference,” Ms. Smith said. “Waiting is waiting.”

In 2020, the pandemic put a halt to numerous weddings worldwide, including thousands planned in prisons and jails. Now, as the coronavirus vaccine rollout continues, wedding fever is back in season, with brides clamoring to book vendors and venues. “2022 will be the most weddings since 1984,” said Shane McMurray, the chief executive of the Wedding Report, a wedding forecasting company.

Wedding officiants, for the public and for prisoners, say their calendars are packed and that couples need to plan a date six months or more out. “We’re going to do twice as much business, or more, in 2021 and 2022,” said Wendy Wortham, the founder of Texas Twins Events of Fort Worth, Texas, who has planned prison weddings.

On March 13, 2020, Texas imposed a statewide prison lockdown, to help stem the growing number of Covid cases in the state. Ms. Wortham spent her weekend informing and consoling 32 prison brides-to-be. “It was heartbreaking,” she said. “They were days away from their wedding, they had all their stuff packed, their travel booked, they’d gone through months of planning.” Now, as the rules relax, Ms. Wortham has 71 prison couples tentatively scheduled for 2021, with 161 more on her waiting list. It’s rare for prison brides to face the same problems as other brides, but in the case of canceled ceremonies, for once, both worlds are in sync.

“You have all these plans but you can’t move forward,” said Catherine Burris, an insurance agent in Arlington, Texas. Ms. Burris, 41, has been trying to wed her longtime partner, Jeffrey Gonzales, 43, since September 2020. Mr. Gonzales was incarcerated in 1998 for murder and is up for parole in 2027. The couple met in high school and reconnected in 2019. Initially, Ms. Burris was resistant to romance. “No one intends to get with someone in prison,” she said. But she couldn’t deny their connection, and when he proposed on Aug. 23, 2020, she accepted. She wrote her vows in anticipation. “You complete me and make me a better person. I will love you until I die.”

Faced with millions of disappointed couples, several states issued executive orders that authorized virtual weddings — a ruling that carries over to the incarcerated. In Virginia, Byron Sichert, a nondenominational minister, has officiated 40 dial-in prison ceremonies since September. “People just figured we’re not going to wait this thing out, let’s get it done,” he said. He’s booked till late August. On March 20, 2021, Debbie Kalinowski, the owner of Wedding on Wheels, a mobile officiant service in Oaklyn, N.J., used Hudson County Correctional Facility’s video visitation app to marry a couple. Rev. Kalinowski, the bride, and two witnesses huddled around a cellphone in the bride’s home, in Red Bank, N.J., for the allotted 20-minute ceremony. It was Rev. Kalinowski’s first video wedding; despite New Jersey authorizing them in May 2020, only Hudson County corrections allows them. “They have the technology, but they discriminate against inmates,” Rev. Kalinowski said. “They’re treated like second-class citizens.”

In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prisoners retain the constitutional right to marry. But prisons have not always been accommodating, said David C. Fathi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project. “It’s a fundamental right,” he said. “Restrictions that seriously limit the availability of marriage are going to be invalidated.”

In Greensboro, N.C., Cierra Cobb, a Black trainee paralegal, and advocate for Emancipate NC, believes institutional racism is part of the problem. She had planned to wed her high school sweetheart, Jeffrey Cobb, 34, who is serving time for second-degree murder in Windsor, N.C., in March 2020. Lockdown derailed that. “It’s already degrading to have a wedding in prison,” she said. “Buying a dress and knowing you’re not going to use it — it’s a letdown.” They married in January 2021, using Alabama’s remote marriage provision, but are still waiting on their first married kiss.

Even pre-Covid, marrying an inmate was still a lengthy, challenging process. Some prisons allow weddings once a year, and the paperwork easily takes eight to 10 weeks to get approved. Brides forgo flowers and music, and their clothing is strictly regulated. But it’s worth it, they said. For many, it’s more than the promise of forever; a marriage license grants the outside partner familial privileges, including visitation rights and access to medical records, a benefit exacerbated by the disproportionate number of Covid-related inmate deaths.

Access to health records was important to Amanda Peterson, 46, a logistics manager in Houston who married her former high school flame, David Peterson, on Jan. 21, 2021.

Last April, Ms. Peterson’s estranged husband died from Covid complications, devastating her 10-year-old daughter. Soon after, Ms. Peterson received a letter of condolences from David Peterson, postmarked the Kansas Department of Corrections, where he was serving time for attempted second degree murder.

They had kept loosely in touch. Over letters and calls, their romance rekindled. In September 2020, Mr. Peterson caught Covid and spent six weeks in the prison infirmary. “It was really scary,” Ms. Peterson said. “The prison won’t tell you anything!”

After he recovered, he proposed. Ms. Peterson filed the paperwork — Kansas allows proxy weddings — and they made it official. She slipped on her ring, an eternity band with a square-cut diamond, selected by her daughter, and mailed Mr. Peterson her vows. “It’s bittersweet,” she said. “We had to compromise on what we wanted. It wasn’t very romantic.” On the upside, she added, Mr. Peterson has since been transferred to Washington State Penitentiary, one of the four states that allow conjugal visits.

Prison visitation rules have begun shifting. On May 1, New Jersey opened correctional facilities for outdoor visits (but not for marriages); Texas resumed noncontact weddings on May 17; and Utah prisons reopen for noncontact visits in June.

Still, the ambiguity surrounding prison marriages, especially the reopening of contact ceremonies, which allow hand holding and one chaste kiss, exasperates Ms. Shameqwa Walker, a technical support worker in Hampton, Va. “I don’t really want to get married until we can hug and take pictures,” said Ms. Walker, 30, whose fiancé is incarcerated in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault. Her partner is scheduled for release in 2023, but she’s reluctant to wait. “It feels like Covid is never going to go away,” she said. “Getting married is a blessing. Some people try to judge the situation, but the heart can’t help who it loves or how you met.

The Pandemic Rush on Prison Weddings With Covid-19 restrictions lifted, many inmates who had to postpone their weddings last year are hoping to finally tie the knot. However, the increased demand could mean a longer wait.

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