Recently, an inmate at the Duval County Jail in Jacksonville was forced to cut his hair against his wishes. Jagmohan Singh Ahuja claims having his hair cut is against his religious views. Ahuja is a Sikh and they believe that men and women should not cut their care and men have to cover their hair with a turban.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cites security concerns for the haircut. All sentenced inmates have to get a short haircut and wear no head coverings. This prevents the Jacksonville inmates from hiding any possible weapons or other illegal items. As soon as a defendant pleas to a charge and is sentenced or is found guilty and sentenced, their hair is cut and they are transferred to the Montgomery Correctional Center (also known as the p-farm) on Lannie Road in Jacksonville.