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AGO Opinions with Topic: REGULATION OF LENGTH OF HAIR AND BEARDS WORN BY PRISONERS IN STATE PENAL INSTITUTIONS
AGO 1971 No. 12 >  March 16, 1971
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES - REGULATION OF LENGTH OF HAIR AND BEARDS WORN BY PRISONERS IN STATE PENAL INSTITUTIONS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES ‑- REGULATION OF LENGTH OF HAIR AND BEARDS WORN BY PRISONERS IN STATE PENAL INSTITUTIONS The provisions of RCW 36.63.130 do authorize (but do not require) the department of social and health services, acting through the superintendents of the various penal institutions under its jurisdiction, to regulate the length of hair and beards worn by convicted felons imprisoned therein, at least where such considerations as those of identification or of personal cleanliness and health are deemed by the department in the exercise of its sound administrative discretion to justify such regulation.
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