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Jackson v. Coughlin (W.D.N.Y.) - PLSNY
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Jackson v. Coughlin (W.D.N.Y.)

This civil rights action challenged the policy of the Department of Correctional Services requiring initial entry haircuts for Native Americans in violation of their religious freedom. Plaintiff, a Mohawk, secured a Temporary Restraining Order and a Preliminary Injunction preventing DOCS from cutting his hair. Through negotiation, DOCS agreed to amend its policy and no longer requires Native Americans (as well as Taoists, Sikhs and Orthodox Jews) to get an initial haircut. A consent order was entered in this case.