Brazil prisoners reading books to shorten their sentences

The Telegraph in the UK has an interesting story about a scheme whereby people in prisons in Brazil given a great incentive to get reading – four days will be lopped off their sentences for every book they read (up to a maximum 48 days).

According to the article, prisoners will have up to four weeks to read each book and write an essay which must “make correct use of paragraphs, be free of corrections, use margins and legible joined-up writing,” said the notice published on Monday in the official gazette.

A special panel will decide which inmates are eligible to participate in the program dubbed “Redemption through Reading”.

“A person can leave prison more enlightened and with an enlarged vision of the world,” said Sao Paulo lawyer Andre Kehdi, who heads a book donation project for prisons.

I think that has great potential for prisons world-wide.

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