Tattoo removal is free for the inmates having willingness for a positive change in life
Now, inmates in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department may erase tattoos of their pasts, in exchange for their enrollment in vocational or educational courses. The procedure, which generally costs more than $75 a session, is free for the inmates.
Since the inception of the program in 2012, about 2,500 inmates under the custody of the sheriff’s department have received tattoo removals.
They just want to start over — one way or another it leads to that, said, Cynthia K. Murphy, custody assistant of the Education Based Incarceration unit.
There are several reasons why inmates want to remove tattoos. Some inmates had gang-affiliated ink and some were involved into prostitution, which they want to leave behind. Some had tattoos in conspicuous areas, which could potentially hurt their chances of future employment in a professional environment.
To get involved in the program, inmates must demonstrate their willingness to make a positive change in their lives, through academic or other types of courses, which can include parenting, life skills, bicycle repair or welding, among others.
I have never seen a group of people so grateful to have a procedure that’s considered so painful. They’re just elated. When they come out of the clinic area — you’ve never seen a smile so big. Cynthia K. Murphy.
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