Proposal Would Allow Iowa Inmates to Train for Career as Barber

Man cutting hair at barber shop

DES MOINES, Iowa — Inmates at Iowa’s prisons may soon be able to learn a new trade while serving their sentences.

The Iowa Department of Health is proposing a plan to allow anyone in custody to complete a barbering apprenticeship. Once the apprenticeship is complete, the person would be able to take the licensing exam to become a barber.

Illinois already has a similar program and the first graduate is now operating his own barber shop.

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