Hijab-Friendly Dress Code Urged for U.S. Prisons

Hijab-Friendly Dress Code Urged for U.S. Prisons

The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is pushing for a policy that would allow Muslim female prisoners to keep their heads covered “during detention and [in] photos” while in detention “in all local and federal U.S. prisons.”

According to Al Arabiya, CAIR legal counsel Nadhira al-Khalili is working on the issue through several cases in different states, as well as with “an attorney for the Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights.”

A detention facility in Novi, MI has become the first to make it part of “official policy” that Muslim women can keep their heads covered in this fashion. However, CAIR’s legal counsel says other facilities unofficially do the same.

To date, Al Arabiya reports that courts have not been open to imposing such a policy–“courts have ruled that when security is a concern, safety should override a religious practice.”