New tattoo closes Plymouth prison print shop

BulletinInmate’s tattoo draws attention to print shop

By Casey Meserve/ [email protected], Plymouth Bulletin

The pride and joy of the Plymouth County Correctional Facility has been closed for more than a week as a result of a preliminary investigation into an "unauthorized tattoo," said John Birtwell, director of public information for the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. (Click image to enlarge.)

Click to see larger aerialThe jail’s print shop was closed last Tuesday after an inmate was discovered to have a tattoo he did not have when he first entered the facility.

Birtwell would not specifically say that a new tattoo was found on an inmate, but he said it is a "fair deduction."

According to Birtwell, when an inmate comes into the correctional facility, he is bodily searched and tattoos, piercings, and even scars, are specifically categorized.

"If you didn’t have it when you walked in the door it’s unauthorized," he said. He said the jail "very strictly and specifically prohibits tattooing," and that inmates are informed when they enter the facility that they are not permitted to tattoo themselves. "It’s not uncommon but it’s still a serious infraction of the rules," Birtwell said.

Birtwell said that if an inmate gains a tattoo or piercing while they are incarcerated, the sheriff’s department begins an investigation to discover where and when the inmate received the mark.

He said that health issues are the main reason for such an investigation. "The best of possibilities is that an inmate could develop infection or allergic reaction (to a tattoo or piercing). On other end of spectrum, there are the dangers of hepatitis-C or even HIV... Read the rest of this Plymouth Bulletin story here, and comment below. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on