CMC inmate suing prison over grooming policy
February 26, 2011
A Sikh inmate at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo is suing the Department of Corrections for punishing him for refusing to trim his beard in adherence to his religion. [SacramentoBee]
Sukhjinder Basra claims that guards punished him for violating a rule prohibiting inmates from having facial hair longer than a half inch. For refusing to comply, Basra contends guards ordered him to perform extra prison duties, spend 10 days confined to his bunk and he lost 30 days of credit for good behavior.
Basra is serving time for a drug offense.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on Basra’s behalf on Friday.