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Prevention/Epidemiology

Ohio Officials Try to Curb Prison Tattooing

March 25, 2014

This article was reported by Dayton Daily News.

Dayton Daily News reported that state prison officials are trying to stop illegal tattooing among inmates. According to prison officials, tattooing under unsterile conditions such as in the prison can lead to transmission of infections including hepatitis C and drug-resistant staph. Prison system data show that in a three-year period, the officials have filed 9,817 charges against inmates for possessing devices or materials for tattooing, and 7,950 charges for self-mutilation connected to tattooing. Inmates construct makeshift instruments and use ink from pens or burn materials and use the soot. Ohio can criminally charge inmates for tattooing activities if they are infected with HIV or hepatitis. Punishment for breaking the tattooing rules includes extra work duties, restriction from the commissary, or segregation.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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