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Contraband: Tattoo gun

A Corrections1 reader submitted this photo to us of a homemade tattoo gun found in an inmate’s possession. The officer actually caught inmates in the act of tattooing as he made his rounds by being completely silent.

According to the reader, it has a handmade leather battery pack which plugged into the motor.

These images and videos of illegal inmate contraband have come directly from Corrections1 members, readers and expert contributors. As officers in the field, Corrections1 members have the greatest insight into the contraband and illegal tactics used by inmates to subvert the security of our nation’s vital corrections institutions. By submitting these images and videos of paraphernalia, Corrections1 members share potentially life-saving information with their brothers and sisters.

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