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“Safe Needle” Tattooing?  

Author:  Margaret R. Moreland, J.D., M.S.L.S..

Source: Volume 20, Number 04, May/June 2019 , pp.53-54(2)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Getting tattooed while incarcerated is a fairly common practice in correctional facilities. This is true both in the U.S., where one study found that 19% of men and nearly 9% of women had been tattooed while in custody, and worldwide, where rates range from 5% in Iran to 60% in Puerto Rico. Because tattooing is generally prohibited, such activities are usually carried out clandestinely and without necessary safety precautions. This research brief summarizes the principle findings in “Safer Tattooing Interventions in Prisons: A Systematic Review and Call to Action,” by Nguyen Toan Tran, Célestine Dubost, Stéphanie Baggio, Laurent Gétaz, and Hans Wolff, published in 18 BMC Public Health 1015.

Keywords: Safer Tattooing Techniques; Skin Piercing and Blood-Born Infections

Affiliations:  1: Pace University School of Law.

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