No. 85-1384.

482 U.S. 78 (1987)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 1, 1987

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Henry T. Herschel, Assistant Attorney General of Missouri, argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were William L. Webster, Attorney General, and Michael L. Boicourt.

Floyd R. Finch, Jr., argued the cause and filed a brief for respondents.*

Briefs of amici curiae urging affirmance were filed for the Correctional Association of New York by John H. Hall and Steven Klugman; for Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, Inc., et al. by Robert Selcov; and for Guadalupe Guajardo, Jr., et al. by Harry M. Reasoner and Ann Lents.

Jim Mattox, Attorney General of Texas, Mary F. Keller, Executive Assistant Attorney General, and F. Scott McCown and Michael F. Lynch, Assistant Attorneys General, filed a brief for the State of Texas as amicus curiae.

JUSTICE O'CONNOR delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case requires us to determine the constitutionality of regulations promulgated by the Missouri Division of Corrections relating to inmate marriages and inmate-to-inmate correspondence. The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying a strict scrutiny analysis, concluded that the regulations violate respondents' constitutional rights. We hold that a lesser standard...

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