So naturally, our corrections authorities decided that their greater concern for prisoners' health was not a shiv in the back but an infection from a dirty needle.
But that soon will change:
The Conservative government is considering cancelling the controversial prison tattoo-parlour program, Sun Media has learned.
In one of his first acts after being sworn into cabinet, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day instructed brass at the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to examine "options" for the inmate-run pilot project.
The briefing notes stress that the program's objective is to reduce HIV/AIDS and other health risks associated with underground tattooing and said CSC concluded it "can not be eliminated or significantly controlled" because nearly half the prison population engages in body art.
But the documents acknowledge the program wasn't an easy sell to the public.
"While the public safety objective can be very logically explained, we have had to work hard to position this initiative as a public safety one and counter the image that CSC is too accommodating to inmates," the document reads.
Hell, why not supply proper brew kits so they don't end up blinding themselves brewing methanol instead of ethanol instead?
Whose rights and freedom of expression is improperly curtailed by not being allowed to ink up one's skin behind bars?
And considering how having too many prominent tattoos practically screams "ex-con" or "nut job," why would the corrections system favour this?
Source: Ottawa Sun