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Rastafarian inmate cuts hair to get transfer

Saturday - 6/8/2013, 7:20pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Rastafarian inmate who spent more than a decade in segregation for refusing to cut his hair has relented.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 35-year-old Ras-Solomon Tafari cut his hair so he could be moved from Wallens Ridge State Prison, where he was beaten last year and suffered a stroke. He said his confinement in a small cell made it difficult for him to use his four-point cane to continue his recovery.

Tafari says he was told he could be transferred if he complied with Virginia's inmate grooming policy. After he cut his hair, he was transferred to another prison where many infirm and elderly inmates are held.

Tafari is one of several Rastafarian inmates who've been held in segregation for refusing to cut their hair for religious reasons.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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