New plan allows incarcerated Minnesota sex offenders to marry

By KBJR News 1

October 28, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 7:14 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Incarcerated sex offenders, in the Minnesota treatment program, can now get married under a just–released state plan.

The State Department of Human Services says clients, with a valid marriage license, may hold a marriage ceremony at the Minnesota Sex Offender facility.

At least six pairs of men in the Moose Lake sex offender treatment center have asked to be allowed to marry since Minnesota passed the same sex marriage law.

The policy says the men are responsible for making all arrangements to secure the necessary documents, and for paying all fees and expenses relating to the licenses and the ceremony itself.

Perhaps the most expensive part for the men is the cost of transportation to the Carlton County court house to acquire the required documentation.

Anytime a sex offender is taken out of the lock up facility a minimum of two staff members have to accompany him.

The transport vehicle has to be fully searched and inspected as they leave and when they return.

A chase vehicle is required to follow the transport vehicle at all times.

Even after sex offenders in the program are legally married, they still can't live together in the same room.

Barbara Reyelts