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From Associated Press
BEEVILLE, Texas Texas will be able to grow its hair as an expression of their religious beliefs state prison system.
District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos's decisions last month affected only three prisoners in McConnell's near Baywalk department but their arguments could refer to future lawsuits related to one of more than 5,000 American Indians in the state, Houston said. Texas is considering an appeal, according to prison spokesman Jeremy Desel.
Nearly seven years of prisoners' trial against the Texas Criminal Justice Department claim that Indian spiritual beliefs view hair as a continuation of the soul, and that hair should be cut off only in mourning. Prisoners claim that the prison system rules that require men to keep their hair or be punished are an unfair violation of religious freedom under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalization Act
The three men have been behind bars for decades , time for crimes such as murder and sexual abuse. They have not been facing serious disciplinary offenses for years.
Raymond Cobb, a County worker from a county court, said he wanted to raise his hair and entangle him so he would not risk the rejection of his ancestors
The lead plaintiff and the Cherokee man, 55 year-old Robbie Doe Goodman, said his long hair linked him to his Creator.
"It is like the roots of the tree," he said in the process. "It connects us."
State lawyers claim that allowing male prisoners to have long hair hinders the identification of prisoners and can is a risk of suicide after a female prisoner attempts to suffocate with her hair.
The department also claims that long hair can symbolize the band's belonging, hide lice or increase the likelihood of overcrowding of prisoners in unchecked units
Security & medical care was also cited in a similar case in 2015, when an appellate court ruled that Indian prisoners in Alabama had fought for their right to wear long hair
"Prisoners are able to fully express and practice their religion and reduces recidivism, "said lawyer Stephen Messer, who was the prisoner in Texas. "It's just a good policy."