Inmate Kept In Solitary Confinement For Over a Year Because He Won’t Cut His Locks

This image released by The Lebanon County, Pa., Correctional Facility shows Eric McGill. (Lebanon County Correctional Facility via AP)

Meet Eric S. McGill Jr, a 27-year old Black man from Pennsylvania. He’s been in solitary confinement for over a year for refusing to cut his locs. He refused to cut his locs for his religious beliefs. After being in solitary confinement for this long, he’s been suffering from anxiety attacks and filed a pending lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit McGill filed last October, three administrators at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility “have inhibited his right to free exercise of religion for no legitimate penological purpose” when they kept him in solitary confinement due to him not wanting to cut off his locs.

McGill believes in the Rastafarian religious faith, he refused to cut he locs be he believes his spirt lives through them and he would lose strength and essence needed for the afterlife if he would cut it.

While in solitary confinement, he gets only one hour outside his cell in the security housing unit, five days a week between midnight to 2 AM. Which means this is the only time he has to call his family. Who’s up at that time?

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