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New Justice Department Policy on Same-Sex Marriages
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On Monday, February 10th, the Department of Justice released a new policy that gives same-sex marriages equal protection under the law.  The policy will “formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law,” according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in remarks delivered at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala. 

The implications of this policy for corrections will range from visitation policies to planning for release of parolees.  As noted in a Washington Post article:

“Under the Justice Department policy, federal inmates in same-sex marriages will also be entitled to the same rights and privileges as inmates in heterosexual marriages, including visitation by a spouse, escorted trips to attend a spouse’s funeral, correspondence with a spouse, and compassionate release or reduction in sentence based on the incapacitation of an inmate’s spouse.”

Read the entire department policy memorandum

For additional information from NIC on LGBTI Offenders




Posted Tue, Feb 11 2014 3:41 PM by Susan Powell
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