Sikh Prisoner's Hair Will Not Be Cut

April 6, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat News/Sikh Coalition

On April 6, 2006 the Sikh Coalition reported, "As a result of overwhelming activism by Sikhs and non-Sikhs worldwide, the Florida Department of Corrections will allow Satnam Singh to serve his sentence in Vermont, where he will be able to maintain uncut hair and wear his dastaar. The Coalition would like to thank Florida Department of Corrections Secretary James McDonough and Governor Jeb Bush for their swift action to prevent the cutting of Satnam Singh's hair... The fight for religious freedom in Florida prisons is not over, however. The regulations that disallow long hair or religious headcoverings must ultimately be changed to accommodate prisoners of faith. The Coalition will continue to work with its partners in Florida to ensure all prisoners are able to keep their hair uncut and are able to cover their heads with religious garb."