Update: Wisconsin Prisons Change Policy to Accommodate Religious Headscarf

May 27, 2005

Source: The Associated Press


On May 27, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "the state Department of Corrections will change its policy to allow visitors to Wisconsin prisons to wear religious headwear, an official said Thursday. Secretary Matt Frank's announcement came a day after a lawsuit accused the department and two male prison guards of violating a Muslim woman's right to practice her religion by forcing her to remove her scarf, or hijab, before a prison visit... Frank said the hat and headwear ban went into effect in January 2003 for security reasons, and did not include an exemption for religious headwear. Frank stopped short of apologizing to Cynthia Rhouni, of Madison, saying he was still looking into the allegations contained in the federal lawsuit. The suit had sought the change in policy, and still seeks unspecified damages."