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Free tattoo removal for former gang members

Oct 24, 2023, 10:00 PM

A program that removes tattoos of former gang members is starting back up after it was on hold for ...

A program that removes tattoos of former gang members is starting back up after it was on hold for over a year. (Canva)

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SALT LAKE CITY — After being on hold for over a year, a tattoo removal program for former gang members is starting back up.

The Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit and the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah Health have partnered for over 30 years to remove tattoos on former gang members at no cost. 

According to a release from U of U Health, the program has helped former members let go of their past gang lifestyles through tattoo removal since 1991. However, the laser used for removal broke and the program was on hold for more than a year. 

Legislation to purchase a new laser was sponsored and passed thanks to Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost’s efforts.

According to the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, there are qualifications you must meet to be eligible. 

Some qualifications include no gang involvement or arrests within one year of applying and no unresolved issues with the courts. A letter explaining future goals and why they should be accepted into the program is also required.

Those 17 or younger need to have parent or guardian approval.

If you meet the requirements and would like to apply, call 385-468-9771.

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