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Local Prison Policy Challenged by Unwed Brides

Several women who say their right to marry was denied when they couldn’t get a jailhouse wedding are now involved in a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections.

The ACLU filed the federal lawsuit on Tuesday. The Jefferson City Correctional Center has a new policy that requires all visitors to disclose their Social Security numbers. The suit claims the women were unable to marry inmates because Cole County’s Recorder of Deeds refused to provide his Social Security number. So, Larry Rademan was not allowed into the prison to witness the inmates’ signatures on their marriage applications.

The Department of Corrections isn’t commenting on the incident, citing the pending lawsuit.

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