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Court: Restrictions on inmates' beards violates federal law

from The Texas Tribune

A New Orleans-based appeals court says the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's restrictions on beard lengths and religious head garments for inmates violate federal law. Muslim inmate David Rasheed Ali, 33, sued the correctional agency to be allowed to grow a "fist-length" beard and wear a knit skullcap in accordance with his beliefs. Prison rules don't allow for a fist-length, or four-inch long, beard and only permit religious headwear in inmates' cells or during religious services. Rasheed is serving multiple 20-year sentences in the Michael Unit in Tennessee Colony in East Texas for arson, aggravated robbery and criminal mischief in 2001. more

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