Books Will Set You Free – Brazil Says To Prisoners

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This seems to be a clever and constructive initiative:

Some of Brazil’s most notorious inmates will be offered the chance to trim time off their jail sentences by reading books.

The government has announced that they will have four days knocked off their sentence for every book they read.  

It has to be a win-win for all concerned.  The crims sit quietly in a cell reading instead of being a monumental pain in the arse to Corrections staff, and in return they can read themselves into an earlier release.

They will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics.

This means they will be entitled to to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year.

Prisoners will have up to four weeks to read each book and write an essay.

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

‘Without doubt they will leave a better person,’he said.

 


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