A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that an inmate in Louisiana who is a Rastafarian can keep dreadlocks he has been growing for about six years as a part of his religion. This after the state demanded he cut them to adhere to prison grooming policies.
According to a three-judge panel from the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the inmate, Christopher Ware, “met his burden to show that the grooming policies substantially burden his sincere religious beliefs.”
Ware argued the grooming policies violated the U.S. Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The act allows for reasonable accommodations when possible for inmates to maintain their religious beliefs.
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