Consider the license plate. Some plates are customized, some are just a random string of letters and numbers, and some (in California, anyway) have handprints and hearts. And, according to legend, every last one of them was made by a convict in America’s lovely prison system. Is that really true?
I can’t say definitively if every plate is made by a guest of the government, but a number of states do have prisoners manufacture license plates. In the state of Michigan, for example, prisoners do create each and every plate at the Parr Highway Correctional Facility. Overall, about 130 inmates produce over 8,000 plates every day. You can take a photo tour and see the process here.
Indiana uses prisoners to make plates, too. But the Hoosier State ran into a bit of trouble when the prisoners were put on “lock down.” No plates could be made, and there was a bit of shortage. Hey, that’s life in the big house. Oh, and it’s not like this gig pays a lot. New York prisoners earn 42 cents per hour.
Do you guys have any favorite customized license plates that you’ve seen on the road? I don’t really have a favorite, but I do remember one that was so boring I never forgot it. On a red car, the license plate read: “RED CAR.” So creative.
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