Tattoo Prohibition Behind Bars: The Case for Repeal
The Journal of Private Enterprise, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 113-134, 2008
22 Pages Posted: 27 May 2010
Date Written: 2008
Performing or receiving tattoos is forbidden in American prisons. What are the intentions behind this prohibition? Does the policy meet its intentions? Does it promote the broader ends of prison institutions: to protect justice, provide efficient correctional services, rehabilitate criminals, and deter crime? I argue that repealing the prohibition of inmate tattooing would achieve outcomes more in line with the intentions of prison management than does the current prohibition policy.
Keywords: Prisons, Tattoos, Prohibition
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