A new tattoo studio has been installed inside the jail and is staffed by volunteer tattoo artists from the community.
Inmates who have completed the facility's gang-cessation and jobs program can have their gang-related tattoos removed or covered up — free of charge.
The sheriff says removing the markings helps to limit the temptations of the past.
The tattoo removal is the final piece of a program that allows inmates to obtain college credits and job training.
In the past three years, 40 gang members have participated in the program with a 15-percent recidivism rate.