- A Kentucky state prison warden issued a memo banning braids, cornrows or dreadlocks for inmates being moved in or out of a facility or in solitary confinement.
- Carlos Thurman, 50, alleges in a federal lawsuit that his Constitutional rights were discriminated against by the prison’s policy and by his locs being forcibly cut.
- Experts say hair discrimination that targets natural or protective Black hairstyles requires legislative action – so far at least 17 states have enacted a version of the CROWN Act.
The February 2021 prison memo sent by Warden Brad Adams was clear.
“Effective immediately” inmates in the medium-security, all-male prison known as the Northpoint Training Center in central Kentucky, would need to have “searchable hair” if they traveled in or out of the facility – to court, another institution, or to the hospital – or were placed in solitary confinement.