(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 1/20/17) – The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) today welcomed a policy change by Lucas County Correctional Facility permitting religious head coverings (hijab) to be worn by Muslim women during booking procedures and during incarceration.
In a statement, CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson said:
â€œLucas County Corrections Facility administrators and county law enforcement officials are to be commended for putting forth a policy that protects religious rights while ensuring public safety. This change in policy reflects the fact that pluralism and respect for individual rights form the bedrock of our Constitution, and that in protecting religious freedom and preserving human dignity we need not sacrifice safety and security.
â€œWe call on corrections facilities and law enforcement departments in Ohio and across the country to consider the positive example of Lucas County in shaping their religious accommodation policies.
Shearson said CAIR has worked for similar policies in correctional facilities nationwide.
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She noted that CAIR offers an educational toolkit, called “A Correctional Institutionâ€™s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” to help correctional officers and administrators gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.
SEE: A Correctional Institutionâ€™s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices http://www.cair.com/correctional_institution_guide.pdf
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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