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Mexico Prison Holds Mass Wedding Ceremony
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August 27, 2012

Brides chat as they await authorization to enter the CERESO 3 prison in Juarez, Mexico. Over 100 inmates tied the knot in this collective ceremony meant to give families legal rights for visits and court proceedings

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - More than 100 inmates have married at a prison near the Mexican border in a collective ceremony meant to give their families legal rights for visits and for court proceedings.

Chihuahua state Civil Registry Office director Cesar Fernando Ramirez officiated Friday. He says the mass wedding is part of a government's strategy to regularize the inmates so they can better incorporate back into life once they end their sentence.

Siblings and children of the men were at the Ciudad Juarez prison celebrating the newlyweds. Fernando Ramirez had them say a collective "I do" by pointing the microphone at the public.

Mexican prisons often hold collective weddings. But this is one of the largest in the region, which has been hit hard by drug violence in recent years.