SCOTUSblog: Holt v. Hobbs
|Hobbs filed his own, handwritten cert petition.|
Issue: The question before the Court is whether the Arkansas Department of Correction's grooming police policy violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) of 2000, 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc et. seq., to the extent that it prohibits petitioner from growing a one-half-inch beard in accordance with his religious beliefs.
Holding: In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Department’s grooming policy violates RLUIPA insofar as it prevents petitioner from growing a ½-inch beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. While the Department has a compelling interest in regulating contraband, its argument that this interest is compromised by allowing an inmate to grow a ½-inch beard is unavailing, especially given the difficulty of hiding contraband in such a short beard and the lack of a corresponding policy regulating the length of hair on the head.
|Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Muhammad|