Photo: Jornal Nacional
Brazilian prisons are rolling out programs aimed at shortening the sentences of prisoners who read books or generate electricity on stationary bikes.The government recently announced that four federal prisons — which house some of Brazil’s most notorious criminals — will begin a “Reading through Redemption” program in which prisoners can shave 48 days off their sentence each year for reading up to 12 books, according to Reuters.
Eligible inmates can trim four days off their sentence by writing an legible and pertinent essay about a work of literature, philosophy, science or classics.
Jornal Nacional reports that a sentence can be reduced by a day for every 16 hours a prisoner charges batteries by pedaling on one of two stationary bikes at Santa Rita do Sapucaí prison.
The charged batteries are used to power streetlights in the city as each full battery can power six light bulbs. The prison plans to add eight more bikes so that the prisoners can provide enough light to illuminate an entire street or town square, thereby making the community safer at night.
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