An Islamic activist group is trying to force all U.S. jails and prisons to allow Muslim female inmates to wear the hijab head covering, according to a report.
Never mind looking out for the safety of guards and other inmates.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants the
U.S. Justice Department to institute a “hijab-friendly” uniform policy
that would allow Muslim women to keep their heads covered in photographs
and while in detention in all local and federal U.S. prisons.
The issue has arisen in numerous jurisdictions in the U.S. ,
including South Carolina, Orange County, Calif., King County, Wash., and
areas with high Muslim populations, such as Novi, Mich.
A CAIR attorney wants to take those individual policies national, according to a report by the Al Arabiya online news outlet.
“I’m working on several pending cases in different states,” Nadhira
al-Khalili, legal counsel for CAIR, told Al Arabiya. “And I’m in touch
with an attorney for the Department of Justice’s Office of Civil
Walid said there’s no reason the hijab covering should not be permitted behind bars.
“If hijab is allowed in the military, and U.S. driving licenses
permit women IDs with hijab, then the same logic can be applied,” Walid
said. “Hijab doesn’t impede the identity of women.”
That “same logic” part would be true if people got locked up just to have their picture taken.
But extra clothing can do more than just conceal or alter an
identity, it can also hide drugs, weapons or other contraband, which
means more time spent in close interaction between guards and inmates.
And that means more security risks.
A hijab is also basically a piece of loose cloth, but loose cloth can
be rolled up to make a short rope. And a short rope is about all you
need to strangle someone.