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Holt v. Hobbs, 13-6827

Petitioner is an Arkansas inmate and devout Muslim who wishes to grow a .5 inch beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. The Arkansas Department of Correction's (the Department) grooming policy, however, prohibits inmates from growing beards unless they have a particular dermatological condition. Judgment of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the Department had satisfied its burden of showing that the grooming policy was the least restrictive means of furthering its compelling interests is reversed and the case is remanded for further proceedings, where: the Department's grooming policy substantially burdens petitioner's religious exercise; 2) the Department has a compelling interest in stopping the flow of contraband and facilitating prisoner identification; 3) it is questionable whether the prohibition against petitioner's beard furthers the Department's compelling interest in stopping the flow of contraband; and 4) the Department has failed to show that its policy is the least restrictive means of furthering its compelling interests.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/20/2015
  • Published 01/20/2015

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  • Alito

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  • United States Supreme Court

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