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In Ohio Amish community, baseball and singing before several members head to prison

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    Amish girls play softball after class during an end of the school year celebration on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Bergholz, Ohio. The celebration was also part of a farewell picnic for those sentenced in the hair and beard cutting scandal earlier in the year. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)The Associated Press

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    HOLD FOR STORY Freeman Burkholder carries his son to the school house for the end of the school year celebration in Bergholz, Ohio on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Burkholder is one of the Amish members convicted in a beard and hair cutting scandal against other Amish people. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)The Associated Press

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    Wilma Mullet and her family walk to the school house for the final day of class on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Bergholz, Ohio. Mullet and other Amish families gathered for a farewell celebration before members of the sect depart for prison following convictions in a beard cutting scandal. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)The Associated Press

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    Amish boys walk to the school house for their final day of class in Bergholz, Ohio on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)The Associated Press

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    Amish women fill-up the school house to listen to their children sing during the final day of class on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Bergholz, Ohio. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)The Associated Press

Five more people convicted of hate crimes in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio are preparing to enter federal prison.

The Amish community in Bergholz ended the school year early Tuesday to allow some youngsters a few more days of family time before their parents are incarcerated. Four women and one man report Friday to prisons in several states.

Nine more are already behind bars, and two are expected to report to prison later.

All 16 have appealed, arguing that the group's conviction, sentencing and imprisonment in separate facilities in various states violates their constitutional rights and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Prosecutors reject that argument.

The community members say they're working together to ensure the group perseveres. They say the remaining men are bearing the burden of extra chores and work.

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