Walker v. Baldwin

Dixon Correctional Center

The Religious Liberty Clinic filed an amicus brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals case Walker v. Baldwin, representing Bruderhof, Sikh, and Muslim groups in defense of a devout Rastafarian.

The brief asserts that monetary damages should be considered “appropriate relief” under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In Walker, plaintiff Thomas Walker, a devout Rastafarian, had his religious rights stripped away by state officials when he was forced to cut his dreadlocks in violation of his sincerely held religious beliefs under threat of disciplinary action.

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