Imprisoned Ohio Amish can skip high school classes

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Amish imprisoned in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio will no longer be required to attend high-school equivalency classes behind bars.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Wednesday that Amish bishop Samuel Mullet and his followers are exempted from a policy requiring classes for inmates who lack high school diplomas.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/11e3K3N ) reports the decision came days after an attorney for Mullet complained that the policy of compulsory education violated his client’s First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

The 67-year-old Mullet is serving his 15-year term in a prison in Texarkana, Texas, and his co-defendants are held in prisons across the country. The other 15 received sentences ranging from one to seven years.

Federal prosecutors are OK with the decision.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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