Another example of the prison system’s inability to stand up for what is right involves sterile needles used for tattoos.

Prisoners use all manner of tools to do tattoos, none of them sterile. The result of this was infection with hepatitis and/or other diseases. The prison staff knew that in the long run sterile needles would lead to big savings of money and lives. So they allowed the men to set up sort of a tattoo parlor in the basement of Matsqui prison. The needles used were sterile and nobody got sick.

Someone in the community got the word that those convicts were getting free tattoos in the basement of Matsqui prison.

As they always seem to do, the prison staff caved in. The tattoo parlor was closed. Apparently it didn’t matter if men got Hepatitis A, B, or C. What was important was the image of the prison.

  1. Chrissy says:

    Isn’t it too bad that it takes somebody’s son or brother to be diagnosed with hep C, before they become more compassionate. If only we could put a picture of a convict and his personal struggles in life, on the side of a milk carton so people could identify with them as the suffering human beings that they are.

  2. And HIV. I don’t believe it took much to get CSC to “cave”. They allowed it because it was obviously (and endorsed by anybody they asked) a really good idea that, among other things, saved on medical care costs. Unfortunately, it benefited inmates, and so was doomed. Now, among other things, they are turning out former inmates who are really sick.

    • Chrissy says:

      It saddens me, how obviously wrong things are, and yet people just go on with their day,in their closed little world. As if, as long as they don’t think about it, it isn’t happening.

  3. Chrissy says:

    Of course, then I get a sense of hopelessness , because I do think about it, and I do care. Yet, I really don’t know what I can do about it.

  4. Chrissy says:

    Would 50,000 names on a petition help ? If so, I will start one on right away !

  5. smilingtoad says:

    Excellent post, and absolutely incensing…

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