Locs Keep Him In Lonely Lockup

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"Kendall Gibson"

When he was 18, Kendall Gibson was sentenced to 47 years in the pen on robbery, abduction and gun charges. Once he was behind bars, he became a Rasta and that started a problem with the prison. Pop the hood.

Kendall Gibson would seem to be one of Virginia’s most dangerous prisoners.

For more than 10 years he has lived in segregation at the Greensville Correctional Center, spending at least 23 hours every day in a cell the size of a gas station bathroom. In a temporary home for the worst of the worst — inmates too violent or disruptive to live among the rest of society’s outcasts — he has been a permanent fixture.

He is there, he says, not for his crimes but for a crime he will not commit — a crime against God.
The only thing imposing about Gibson is his long black dreadlocks, resting on the front of his shoulders so they won’t drag the ground as he shuffles along in his orange jumpsuit.

It is his hair — winding locks he considers a measure of his Rastafarian faith — that makes him a threat, according to Virginia Department of Corrections Operating Procedure No. 864.1.

The rule took effect on Dec. 15, 1999. Inmates had two choices: cut their hair no longer than their collars and shave their beards, or be placed in administrative segregation.

In the beginning, Gibson was among as many as 40 inmates who opted for confinement over cutting. By 2003, when a handful of the inmates filed a federal lawsuit against the department over their detention, 23 remained in segregation.

The lawsuit failed. Some cracked under the pressure of constant isolation with no visits from loved ones, educational or religious programs or commissary. Some went home.

Today, it’s difficult to tell exactly how many remain in isolation. The Department of Corrections won’t volunteer the information, but has confirmed 10 names given to The Associated Press by a group of Rastafarian inmates.

Not everyone can handle it, Gibson says. For those weak in mind or spirit, the walls can easily close in on them.

“People always ask how I can smile in a place so negative,” he says. The Rastafarian God, Jah, “is my answer. Without Jah in my life I wouldn’t be able to handle it.”

What do you think of this story? Should this prisoner be in isolation because of his hair?

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  • Matix B

    Jah guide and bless, “Who Jah Bless No man Curse”

  • Say What???

    The rules are the rules, like them or not. Abide by them or deal with the consequences…not a concept he has been able to grasp I see since he is in prison already!!!! Why is this even an issue? Just like at work or school there are dress codes, you follow them or you don’t work there any more – period!!!!

  • shawamar

    Is this dude kin to Erykah Badu?? Damn they look alike..

  • David

    Yes, I’m tired of cats finding the faith in JAIL!!! He would be able to practice his religion freely if he did not commit a CRIME!! I should slap the dreads out of his head!

  • tg

    More racist BS, but nothing surprises me, today or should I say “SHOCKS” me. Some people will do ANYTHING to keep a black man down. I wonder if this rule is in every state or just RACIST Virginia. Because Virginia is a racist state. I know the St. Police are racist.

  • http://logicvigilante.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/kanyewestentourage1.jpg Slide Like a Fresh Pair of Gators

    Over there smelling like “Tea Tree Oil” like a mother f*cker…

    Yeah, yeah…

  • Somali Ninga

    *B.Y.*

  • Aunt Viv

    He looks like Erykah Badu’s twin brother!

  • NIC

    When I first saw this picture; I thought it was Erykah Badu too lol!!!!!!!!!

  • Kill Ya Self

    His lost is rights to civilazation not be human…d@m let him wear his ish the way he plz

  • jj

    Boo f*cking hoo. F*cking criminals are always wasting taxpayers’ money with frivolous lawsuits and whining about “conditions”. Why don’t the worthless a s s criminals think about sh*t like that BEFORE they commit a crime? Then maybe their a s s es wouldn’t be in that position in the first place.

  • Nique (Life in the Fab Lane)

    @Say What???
    5/10/10, 09:43:am

    The rules are the rules, like them or not. Abide by them or deal with the consequences…not a concept he has been able to grasp I see since he is in prison already!!!! Why is this even an issue? Just like at work or school there are dress codes, you follow them or you don’t work there any more – period!!!!

    @Say What???
    5/10/10, 09:43:am

    The rules are the rules, like them or not. Abide by them or deal with the consequences…not a concept he has been able to grasp I see since he is in prison already!!!! Why is this even an issue? Just like at work or school there are dress codes, you follow them or you don’t work there any more – period!!!!

    @jj
    5/10/10, 10:01:am

    Boo f*cking hoo. F*cking criminals are always wasting taxpayers’ money with frivolous lawsuits and whining about “conditions”. Why don’t the worthless a s s criminals think about sh*t like that BEFORE they commit a crime? Then maybe their a s s es wouldn’t be in that position in the first place.

    ________________________________________________

    CO-SIGN!!!!

  • Nique (Life in the Fab Lane)

    @David
    5/10/10, 09:49:am

    Yes, I’m tired of cats finding the faith in JAIL!!! He would be able to practice his religion freely if he did not commit a CRIME!! I should slap the dreads out of his head!

    _____________________________________________

    LOL!

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