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Santa Barbara County offering jail inmates chance to remove tattoos which might hamper return to society

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Santa Barbara County is offering a free tattoo removal program for inmates at its Northern Branch Jail.

Program begins this week at County's Northern Branch Jail.

Tattoos can be art. But, for gang members in jail, their gang-related tattoos can sometimes hinder their efforts to get jobs after being released.

This week, Santa Barbara County’s Northern Branch Jail launched a voluntary tattoo removal program for inmates.

Inmates can receive the service free of charge as long as they are participating in rehabilitation programs, and have no current discipline issues. Two people have been trained to use a laser tattoo removal machine.

The goal is to help eliminate barriers which might hamper inmates return to society.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.