02 Sept 06

Legitimizing Prison Tattoo Shops

I've met many prisoners who contracted diseases from getting tattoos - most with hepatitis C, one with AIDS, and some with staph infections - so I was pleased to read an article by Gary Hunter in Prison Legal News (August 06) about six Canadian prisons, including Manitoba’s Rockwood Institution, that have set up prison tattoo shops as a measure to prevent diseases. Prisoner skin artists are paid $6.90 per day, and prisoner customers pay $5 per tattoo.

The adoption of such a program in the US would prevent some prisoners from contracting diseases and reduce healthcare costs in the long run.


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2 comments:

Tim Wilmot said...

In the time you have left to you,there is opportunity to draw upon your experiences, and make positive recommendations for the future betterment of prison conditions.

This time will slip by, and it is important that you develop confidence in your voice, and that you realise the responsibility you carry as the voice of so many hurt men.

You are realising that developing the mind is central to any man's growth, and you have been a light in a dark place.

Remember that only fear attacks, so the concept of Face The Fear must be central to any growth.

Make every moment a moment with maximum potential for growth, and give, give, give away the energy that now flows through you.

Love from Zen :-)

Anonymous said...

Too bad our Canadian right wing Neo-Conservative government withdrew funding for this initiative yesterday. Trust them to always do the wrong thing!