Books Will Set You Free – Brazil Says To Prisoners


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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  • Michael

    Awesome idea! the biggest issue with jails is that prisoners aren’t rehabilitated. I fully sort tough sentences and few rights if you are a crim, but something needs to be done while they are serving out their sentence to help change their ways.

    It costs us over 90k per prison per year. Thats a shit ton of $$ for sitting around doing nothing.

  • cows4me

    It’s a great idea, is that the locksmith’s almanac he is reading?.

  • Apolonia

    Before implementing this in New Zealand, we would have to teach the products of our world class education system how to read.

  • Hazards001

    Brazilian cell looks a tad more austere than one of our luxury accommodation centres. No TV xbox sky or computer access in Brazil huh? Maybe we should just send them there on contract. Looks clean and tidy. Prisoner looks well cared for. Save us a truckload I’m picking.

    Then we could flog off the Boston Rd flats to Labour for some 300K affordable housing.