Tattoo removal program offered for ex-gang members

January 20, 2011 2:45:02 PM PST
The city of San Jose has a message for former gang members who are committed to getting an education, landing a job or finding a fresh start in life: We're here to help.

The city's Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program, sponsored by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, offers free tattoo removal to ex-gang members between the ages of 14 and 25.

In exchange for paying for the removal of gang-related tattoos from exposed areas of the body - such as the neck, hands, wrists, and face - the program asks participants to attend a life skills support group and complete community service hours.

The Clean Slate program is now enrolling qualified individuals for its upcoming group session, which begins Jan. 25. Participants must be San Jose residents.

Those interested in enrollment can obtain more information by calling the program office at (408) 251-7757.