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Posted at 7:39 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Rastafarian inmates moved in Va.

By Associated Press

Rastafarian and other inmates who refuse to cut their hair have been moved to a maximum security prison as corrections officials continue to try to get them to comply with the state's grooming policy.

In November the Department of Corrections moved more than 30 prisoners who were out of compliance with the policy to Keen Mountain Correctional Center.

Several of the inmates spent more than a decade in solitary confinement for refusing to cut their hair.

Department spokesman Larry Traylor says the inmates have been moved to Wallens Ridge State Prison in far southwest Virginia.

The inmates are allowed increased privileges for working through a program, with the ultimate goal of cutting their hair or beards. Some have chosen instead to return to segregation.

By Associated Press  | March 3, 2011; 7:39 AM ET
Categories:  Prison Beat, Updates, Virginia  
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If they all went bald they would still be consider disruptive, so what's the difference?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 3, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Cut your hair - when you get out of jail then you can grow it long and act like a girl ?

Posted by: kalisdan | March 3, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Rastaman hair neva git cut off! It give strength and power zeen?!


Posted by: cbmuzik | March 3, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Cut your hair - when you get out of jail then you can grow it long and act like a girl ?

Posted by: kalisdan | March 3, 2011 9:21 AM
I would LOVE for you to call one of them a girl in their face and see how fast they have you doing " girl" like things. LOL!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 3, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Prisoner deserve "NO Rights."

Posted by: SOCIETY1 | March 3, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Prisoner deserve "NO Rights."

Posted by: SOCIETY1 | March 3, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I know that there is some type of cultural significance to hair for them but they should have thought about that before committing a crime and being sentenced to prison.
If you want hair don't commit crimes. Since you've chosen to commit crimes you've forfeited your right to decide on the length of your hair. Its as simple as that.
They gave up their voices by choosing to be criminals.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | March 3, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

When I was a Rastafarian in jail, I used to hide my shanks in my nasty, greasy, mite-infested dreadlocks.

Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

What if it's against my religion to be confined to a prison? If I commit a crime, would I still have to go?

This is BS. Apparently, breaking laws isn't against their religion.

Posted by: Irato | March 3, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Virginia is still the slave capitol that it has always been. These men are practicing their own religious beliefs which should be respected by this retarded prison injustice system in Virginia. This state has forced these men to remain in solitary confinement for more than 10 years and are now transferring them to a maximum security facility to be further punished for practicing their religious beliefs which prohibit them from cutting their hair. I am so amused how this allegedly bible belt state is the in practice and reality the biggest hypocrite on the planet, going back to its history of slavery (which in practice today has not changed very much if you are an African American who has lived and attempted to make a living in this retarded capital of the confederacy. As we can all see it goes on and on by forcing these men to live in solitary confinement because their religion is more important to them than compliance with Virginia's "grooming policy," as if these prisons are so clean and immaculate that there is really any concern for the cleanliness of prisoners or prisons in this state. You don't even get daily showers or clean clothes on a daily basis so what is this so-called "GROOMING POLICY." May God be your judge Virginia because your deeds are all noteworthy with the man upstairs. You still have no history of humanity!!!

Posted by: hotezzy | March 3, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

You give up a lot of rights when you go to jail....too bad is they have to cut their hair...

Posted by: kalisdan | March 3, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Please don't make me cut it, Mastah,

Ah be's a devout Afro rastah!"

Posted by: lilhornie | March 3, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Amusing diatribe. Why do you not once reference these individual's poor decision making in committing the crimes that put them in prison in the first place?
You rail against the state of Virginia and its ties to slavery but conveniently forget these are CRIMINALS?
They had a choice as to whether to break the law.
Typical liberal blather...gloss over reality and facts.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | March 3, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, they are in prison, they are lucky to have television and exercise equipment.

Posted by: damnit79 | March 3, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Does there religion allow them to commit the crimes they were found guilty of? How can someone claim that long hair is required of their religion yet they probably violated their religion by committing crimes. Talk about hypocritical.

Posted by: baz987 | March 3, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

They're not behind bars coz they're smart.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 3, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

lilhornie would be the first to get bent over in jail..i bet you sit at home or at work and make all these racist comments and never utter your true feelings to anyone around you. you would get your teeth kicked in right biff?

Posted by: BrianLNapper | March 3, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The nature of incarceration is that it takes a person's freedom. With that said, while I believe prisoners should be permitted (notice I did not say they have a right)to practice the precepts of their faith within limits (cause they're prisoners). It already cost to the taxpayers a substantial amount of money to incarcerate someone, so establishing a prison to for inmates because they refuse to cut their hair to a reasonable length albeit because of their "religion" is a bit much.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | March 3, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for" ~B.M.

Posted by: stilldoin | March 3, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I think finding religion in prison is a positive thing and should be encouraged.
While I myself am an agnostic, I think having the structure and belief system of an organized religion can help those who need such guidence in their lives.
And inmates would certainly fall into the catagory of needing guidence and structure.

I say, find a way to let them grow their hair.

Even NFL players have long hair now.

Yes, prison is supposed to be punishment, but anything inmates can do to straighten themselves out and seek a more positive, meaningful existence should be encouraged and rewarded.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 3, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Restrain them, and give them all buzz cuts.

Posted by: Special_One40 | March 3, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

PublicEnemy1 wrote:

I would LOVE for you to call one of them a girl in their face and see how fast they have you doing " girl" like things. LOL!
Not a problem...I spent 20 yrs. in the USN dealing w/real "bada$$es"...I'll say it to their face and then put them down like the rabid dogs they are!

Posted by: supernavyman007 | March 3, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

If you don't want to cut your hair, then don't do things that will get you put in jail. I don't know why they are even wasting their time with these guys. Tie theme down and break out the clippers. Job done.

Posted by: pluperfectdc | March 3, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Everyone wants their rights protected, even when you land in jail. Just have 2 questions for those prisoners who are refusing to cut their hair based religion. First, where was this so-called religion when they committed the crime that landed them in jail, and what about the rights of the people they victimized?

Posted by: fyremom | March 4, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

WOW! The comments are really crazy folks. It is true that when you commit a crime you lose your rights as a citizen, but do you lose your human rights? Is not the right to practice ones religion a human right? People the practice of religion in America is just that, a basic human right. I do hope that this is still America and people are able to practice their religious beliefs especially when they have made a mistake and find themselves in prison. Everyone makes mistakes and religion for some helps people stay grounded and focused on doing right even when doing wrong. Prison is supposed to be a rehabilitation facility not just a punishing warehouse folks. Are we not in America; are you not Americans who read this paper? What is the world coming to when people cannot practice their religion when in jail, a place for them to realize their wrongs? WOW, what a world we are creating. Everyone should read the book, I Am Not A Slave, by Eugene LaCorbiniere. It's one of the best reads of the year guaranteed.

Posted by: franceneshmitz | March 7, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

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