HOLT V. HOBBS (U.S. SUPREME COURT, 2014)

This case challenges an Arkansas prison's decision to deny an observant Muslim the right to observe his faith by wearing a short beard. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) requires the State to offer a compelling reason for denying a prisoner's request to accommodate a sincerely-held religious belief, but courts around the country have applied the standard differently. ADL joined a coalition of religious organizations urging the Supreme Court to "apply uniform, rigorous standards before accepting that prison officials have properly denied a prisoner of sincere belief the religious accommodation he or she seeks."