It turns out prisoners manufacture all kinds of products . . . not just license plates. Prisoners have helped make picnic tables . . . canoes . . . jeans . . . human silhouette targets for shooting practice . . . and Victoria’s Secret lingerie.
Here are 10 things that a prisoner MIGHT have made.
1. Victoria’s Secret and JC Penney started using inmates at a prison in South Carolina to sew their LINGERIE in the 1990s.
2. There are 36 different prisons around the country where inmates make BRAILLE BOOKS for the blind.
3. Federal prisoners make HUMAN SILHOUETTE TARGETS that the FBI and Homeland Security use for target practice.
4. 4,000 inmates at Florida prisons learn woodworking and make PARK BENCHES and PICNIC TABLES.
5. Federal prisoners make MILITARY UNIFORMS . . . including flak jackets, shoes, helmets, and body armor.
6. One of the few items that the government allows federal prisoners to make for PRIVATE companies are BASEBALL HATS.
7. 60 inmates in Colorado make fiberglass CANOES that sell for $1,500.
8. There’s a factory at a prison in Oregon that makes JEANS and other clothing.
9. Prisoners in Colorado train wild horses to prepare them for adoption, and prisoners in Maryland do the same thing for retired racehorses.
10. The prison in San Quentin, California has a gift shop where you can buy GREETING CARDS and other items made by inmates.