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Jaggers in the pokey: understanding tattooing in prisons and reacting rationally to it

Niyi Awofeso

Australian Health Review 25(2) 162 - 169
Published: 2002


The legalisation of tattooing in prisons, as well as the provision of access by inmates to professional tattooists duringincarceration, have remained contentious issues between custodial and health authorities in most Western prisons. This article examines the arguments of both stakeholders as well as the attitudes of inmates vis-Ó-vis tattooing, and suggestsa multifaceted approach that takes cognisance of inmates' motivation to have prison tattoos, and (potential) public health implications of tattooing in correctional settings.

© AHHA 2002

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