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Washington DOC Agrees to Pay $1,000 to Prisoner Who Was Forced to Cut His Hair

On May 9, 2007, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) agreed to pay $1,000 to a prisoner who was forced to cut his hair.

Sebastian Lubers had been growing his hair for five years for religious reasons before staff at the Stafford Creek Correctional Center forced him to cut it. Lubers tried to explain to staff that he had to wear his hair long for religious reasons, but staff was unwilling to make accommodations for his religious practice.

Lubers filed a tort claim asking for $100,000. The DOC settled for $1,000 without suit.

See: In Re Claim of Lubers, Claim # 31059618.

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In Re Claim of Lubers