Acknowledging that the
issue was a "pretty close call," a magistrate judge on Wednesday said he
will recommend that a Muslim inmate be required to shave his beard
despite the inmate's religious objections.
At a hearing that lasted
nearly three hours, inmate Gregory Holt said he has been a Muslim for
nine years and believes the Koran instructs Muslims to "keep the
mustaches short and the beard as it is." His lawsuit claims a state
Department of Correction policy prohibiting inmates from growing a beard
of any length violates his right to practice his religion.
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