By Jennifer Lipman, September 2, 2010
An Orthodox Jewish prisoner in New Hampshire has been banned from growing his beard longer than a quarter of an inch, despite claiming that it is his religious right to do so.
Albert Kuperman, 25, had argued that New Hampshire State Prison’s grooming policy went against his constitutional right to freedom of religion.
But a federal judge ruled that the First Amendment did not extend to facial hair.
Judge Steven McAuliffe said that the prison’s hygiene and security policy came first.