Monday, September 24, 2012

What Happens When the Amish Go to Prison?

If a person with religious beliefs and practices that could conflict with the restrictions of prison is sentenced, how are his or her beliefs and practices accomodated? Must they be?

Slate.com offers a brief explainer in light of the Amish beard-cutting case.

For analysis concerning the prisoner provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), check out Chapter 7 of the e-book Religious Free Exercise and Contemporary American Politics: The Saga of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons ACT of 2000. Notably, the case that upheld the constitutionality of the incarceration provisions, Cutter v. Wilkinson, originated in Ohio.