5th Circuit Sends Inmates’ Hair-Grooming Claim Back To Trial Court

Mealey's (June 16, 2016, 10:49 AM EDT) -- NEW ORLEANS — A Texas federal court correctly dismissed claims by two prison inmates that their constitutional and Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) rights were violated when they were not allowed to smoke a prayer pipe during Native American pipe ceremonies or wear a “medicine bag” but erred in dismissing their hair-grooming claim under the RLUIPA, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held June 14 (Teddy Norris Davis, et al. v. Lorie Davis, et al., No. 14-40339, 5th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App....
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