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St. Louis County Jail changes policies to address Muslim concerns
by Jennifer Mann
The St. Louis County jail has decided to change its search policies after hearing from Muslim leaders who were upset over the forced removal of a woman's religious headscarf earlier this year.
From now on, a woman wearing a hijab will be allowed to go into a private room to have the headscarf searched, then will be allowed to put it back on for the rest of the time that she is held at the jail — at least for as long as jailers are processing her arrest. The jail is still researching how to handle the issue with inmates who are housed there long-term.
The hijab is used by some Muslim women to cover the neck and head when in public or in the presence of males aside from their husbands.
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