CAIR sues MI Dept of Corrections over head scarf removal
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections.
According to the complaint, the Department forces female inmates to remove their religious head scarves to have an I.D. photo taken.
The department also posts that photo on a website accessible to the public.
Amy Doukoure is a staff attorney for CAIR-Michigan.
She says the Department's photo policy is unconstitutional.
“Because it violates these women's sincerely held religious beliefs that they must cover in front of men that they're not closely related to.
A Department spokesperson declined to comment on pending litigation.