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Tattoos in prison

Nov 25, 2005 2:19AM PST
TORONTO (Reuters)- Canadian inmates can now get tattoos in prison parlors under a pilot program aimed at cutting down use of unclean needles and the spread of disease.

Only ''nice'' tattoos allowed. So apparently dirty needles will still continue to be used on the down low if they want unapproved tattoos.

And I daresay tattoo needles are probably NOT the cause of the outrageous HepB, HepC, and AIDS rates!

I don't think this program will be worthwhile.


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Hmmmm, I wonder how they'll prevent the inmate tattoo
Nov 25, 2005 2:26AM PST

artists from inscribing gang tattoos? Seems like the gangs would say do it or else! In the absence of that, I agree, what's the point? After all, the gang tattoos are going to be done anyway. I thought that was reason enough for liberals to approve an activity. Wink

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I don't have adequate data, but ...
Nov 25, 2005 5:43AM PST

I know that Hep B, Hep C and HIV are more common in the prison population than in most non-prison populations. I'd say that getting a tattoo from a dubious practitioner would be pretty risky. It obviously isn't the only cause of the high rates in the prison, but I'm sure that if tattoos are done with used equipment then there is some disease transmission. Tattoos are certainly a major source for Hep C transmission.

Of course, as already noted, if the goal is to prevent gang tattoos and similar stuff then the program won't do much.