Federal Court: Rastafarian Inmate Allowed to Wear Dreadlocks

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A federal court ruling will allow Deon Glenn, an inmate at Trumbull Correctional Institution, to continue wearing dreadlocks as required by his religion. As a practicing Rastafarian, Deon Glenn is required to let his hair grow and lock naturally, creating dreadlocks. Ohio prison policy prohibits that hairstyle, and any religious exemptions for dreadlocks. Glenn sued under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and this week, he won his case. Avidan Cover is Glenn’s lead attorney. He calls the ruling a statement that shows all religions should be taken seriously and respected. “There are a host of accommodations set forward in Ohio policies for a number of religions,” said Cover. “It’s a lot less clear for a faith such as...

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Federal Court: Rastafarian Inmate Allowed to Wear Dreadlocks

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