Why Some Spouses Marry Inmates With No Hope Of Parole


About 14 percent of the almost 53,000 inmates in Georgia prisons — are married, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Married inmates are not allowed conjugal visits with their spouses in Georgia and most other states, or in federal prisons. Only six states — California, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, and Washington — allow them. While some women knew the men before they were sent to prison, it's not uncommon for some to marry men they did not know before they went to prison, even those men convicted of murdering women.

Some say they don't believe the evil details of their husbands’ crimes. Some argue their spouses are innocent. Ronnie Glass had dated her husband, Bruce, for several years before he was convicted of rape in 1997 and sentenced to 30 years in prison with no hope for parole. They married in 2007. “I always believed in my heart he didn't do this,” said Ronnie Glass, an Internet technology project manager for a large company.


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