Supreme Court Will Decide If Inmates Have The Right To Grow A Beard

The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would hear a case about whether an inmate can be prohibited from growing a beard.

The case was brought by Gregory H. Holt, who is serving out a life sentence in an Arkansas prison on counts of burglary and domestic battery, according to the New York Times. Facial hair is banned by the prison.

He challenged that policy on grounds that his Muslim faith requires that he grow a beard, arguing that federal law requires prisons to have a compelling interest for policies that burden religious practices. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Holt, so he petitioned the Supreme Court.

The case is Holt v. Hobbs.

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