Rastafarian inmates moved in Va.

March 3, 2011

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.

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