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(FORTUNE Magazine) – CINCINNATI -- State prison administrators can cut an inmate's hair, even if he objects for religious reasons . . . A three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals . . . rejected the argument of inmate Mark Lee Pollock . . . that prison officials violated his constitutional right to exercise his religion when they cut his long hair . . . Pollock's suit argued that . . . he adheres to the religion of the Lakota American Indians, who believe that hair is sacred and should not be cut. Pollock, 31, is serving a 17- to 45-year sentence for . . . burglary, escape, and bad-check offenses . . . Prison officials said . . . prisoners could hide contraband, including keys and pills, in long hair ((and)) could cut it off after escaping to more easily avoid detection. -- From an AP dispatch.