Brazil prisoners reading books to shorten their sentences

Brazil now offers inmates in its crowded prison system a novel way to shorten their sentences – cutting four days for every book they read.

Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil’s most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year, the government announced.

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.

So ex-cons become not just literate but smarter. Very nobel idea! Can we adopt this in nigeria?

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2 thoughts on “Brazil prisoners reading books to shorten their sentences

  1. Reblogged this on Daiquiri and commented:
    I find this very interesting. It’s kinda disappointing that it’s only 48 days per year. 😦 I imagine that if for some reason I find myself locked up, I’d read myself out of the place in a year. Yup. One year. Without the 48 day limitation, of course. 😀

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