A Muslim inmate is fighting all the way up to the Supreme Court to force U.S. prisons to give the thumbs up to religious beards:
The new case was brought by an Arkansas inmate, Gregory H. Holt, who is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery. Mr. Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, sought to grow a half-inch beard.
More than 40 state prison systems allow such beards, which are shorter than a dime. Most allow longer ones. The exceptions, according to Mr. Holt’s brief, are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
Prison officials have explained that the no-beards policy exists to promote security and safety.
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