Ohio officials try to curb prison tattooing

DAYTON, Ohio -- Statistics from the Ohio prison system show illegal tattooing behind bars continues to be a problem despite efforts to curb it.

The Dayton Daily News reports that during a three-year period, state prison officials filed nearly 10,000 code-of-conduct violations against inmates for possessing items used to tattoo other inmates.

Officials say getting inked in unsterilized environments -- such as prison cells -- can lead to the spread of bacteria and infectious diseases, including Hepatitis C and MRSA.

Inmates can create battery-powered tattoo guns using simple items, including parts of portable CD or tape players, the motor of an electrical fan, a needle and the sleeve of a pen. They get ink from pens or by making it by burning certain materials and using the soot.

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