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Man Unhappy With Jail Haircut Sparks Protest
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Adam Kirk
Oct 06 , 2008

 

A protest outside the Duval County Jail, all because an inmate is unhappy with his hair cut.

 

Members of the Sikh religion protested outside the jail Sunday, after one of their faith had his hair cut in prison. Worshipers say that is against their religion. They say that Sikh has hair requirements like some Jews and Muslims, and should be treated accordingly.

 

Under the Sikhs religion, the hair is an integral part of the body, and worshipers say cutting it is like cutting off "part of what you are."

 

The Asian Pacific Post quoted JSO spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith, who said "It is required that all sentenced inmates have short hair and not wear head covering in order to prevent hiding contraband and/or weapons."

 

The inmate, Jagmohan Ahuja was in jail on three misdemeanor charges relating to violation of a protective order and violation of probation. He is not eligible for parole.

 

The American Civil Liberties Union is considering a lawsuit.

 

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