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Prisoners Suffer at Economic Collapse

The economic collapse a year ago has resulted in a dramatic decrease in license plate production, according to Signs of lessened production were already apparent early in 2008, even before the collapse, with a decrease in new car imports.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Last month, just over a thousand number plates were produced at Iceland’s largest prison, Litla-Hraun. In comparison, in the first half of 2008, the production amounted to four to six thousand plates each month. That number included, in addition to new registration plates, custom-made license plates as well as renewed plates due to vandalism and theft.

Less demand for vocational projects has also impacted Litla-Hraun. For example, paving stones and partitions are no longer produced at the prison.

According to Sigurdur Steindórsson, divisional manager at Litla-Hraun, an effort has been made to ensure other kinds of employment for the inmates. On average, 30 convicts are working on a given day. Also, around 30 convicts are enrolled at the Selfoss Comprehensive High School. On average, 80 inmates serve time at Litla-Hraun.

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