Ohio prison shop meets demand for specialty plates

December 30, 2013 • Business

A roll of steel is placed on the line inside the tag shop at Lebanon Correctional Institute, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Lebanon, Ohio. The tag shop is busy meeting growing demand for hundreds of specialty license plates featuring teams, schools, causes and special interests. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Amid the rush and rattle of Ohio’s tag shop, inmates at Lebanon Correctional Institution are meeting the state’s growing demand for special license plates that spotlight hundreds of causes and special interests.

It’s as easy today to write a new plate design into the law as to name a bridge or christen a highway. Digitally imprinted designs made available within the past decade are printed and adhered to flat plates that can feature hundreds of different logos, eliminating the more labor-intensive metal stamping required for traditional plates.

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