“The only thing necessary for these diseases to the triumph is for good people and governments to do nothing.”
prisons will soon feature tattoo parlors
Corrections Canada hopes to reduce high prison rates of hepatitis C
Toronto - Correctional Service of Canada plans to set up official tattoo
parlors for inmates in the hope that it will decrease the rampant spread of
hepatitis C and other communicable diseases through prisons and
A survey of federal inmates determined that 3,176 prisoners, 26% of the
prison population, were infected with hepatitis C. The rate is 30 times that
of the general population.
The $100,000 initiative, the first in the world, will begin with pilot
projects at five yet to be identified prisons for men, and one for women,
later in the year.
The parlors will be run by prisoners who are trained for the job. Prisoners
will pay for tattoos out of their own funds. If the plan succeeds it will be
expanded throughout the prison system.
Correctional officials say tattooing by prisoners among themselves is
widespread and poses high risks, not only in prison but also to members of
the community associated in one way or another with prisons. Inmates are now
making tattooing equipment from a variety of odd materials such as old VCR
motors and pen casings.
The choice of tattoos will be restricted. Images such as gang emblems or
those that depict violence will be prohibited.