The St. Louis County jail has decided to change its search policies after hearing from Muslim leaders who were upset over the forced removal of a woman's religious headscarf earlier this year.

From now on, a woman wearing a hijab will be allowed to go into a private room to have the headscarf searched, then will be allowed to put it back on for the rest of the time that she is held at the jail — at least for as long as jailers are processing her arrest. The jail is still researching how to handle the issue with inmates who are housed there long-term.

The hijab is used by some Muslim women to cover the neck and head when in public or in the presence of males aside from their husbands.

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