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Brazil Prison System Cuts Prisoners Sentence by Reading Books

Written on July 01, 2012 by Lulu

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Brazil's Inmates can have their sentence shortened by 48 days if they could read and write essays on each book

Brazil’s prisoners can have their sentence shortened by just reading literature. Yes you heard it right, books!

Brazilian announces that their federal prison system now offers a program dubbed as “Redemption through Reading”, that cuts their prisoner’s sentence to a maximun of 48 days each year.

A special panel will screen which prisoners are eligible to join this program.

The prisoners are required to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics in just four weeks. They also have to write an essay for each books that they have read and “must be able to make correct use of paragraphs, be free of corrections, use margins and legible joined-up writing.”

Sau Paulo lawyer, Andre Kehdi who spearheads a a book donation project for prisons said:

“A person can leave prison more enlightened and with an enlarged vision of the world. Without doubt they will leave a better person.”

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