Battle Creek Barber Provides Haircuts For Inmates

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) – If Calhoun County jail inmates look sharper than those incarcerated elsewhere, it’s because of the dedication of a Battle Creek barber.

Ken Bennett has done Tuesday cuts, shaves and trimmings at the jail for the past 20 years.

The 70-year-old owner of the Hair Shed says he cuts hair for up to 20 inmates a week and is paid $10 each. Nearly all inmates pay for their haircuts, although indigent inmates get cuts every three months paid for by the county.

The Litchfield native grew up on a dairy farm and began cutting hair in the Navy more than 50 years ago.

He later went to barber college in Detroit and eventually came to a shop in Battle Creek.

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