Native Americans Win Against Alabama Prison System
Native American inmates in prisons win against an Alabama prison system policy against long hair. The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the 11th Circuit and told the appeals court to reconsider the case in light of a Supreme Court ruling last week. That ruling said Arkansas couldn't deny a Muslim prisoner's request to grow a half-inch in accordance with his religious belief. Native American inmates say long hair is part of their religious practices. The prison system says long hair permits contraband smuggling into prisons and makes it easier for an inmate to alter his appearance after an escape.