In Brazil, Some Inmates Are Using A Novel Way To Get Out Of Prison Earlier

Brazil’s government recently rolled out a new program called Redemption Through Reading that allows inmates to shave four days off their sentence for every book they read, with a maximum of 48 days per year. A special determines which inmates are eligible to participate. Those chosen can choose from works of literature, philosophy, science, or the classics, reading up to 12 books a year. That means they’ll have four weeks to read each book and write an essay that must make correct use of paragraphs, be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and be legible. Attorney Andre Kehdi, who directs a book donation project for prisons, said that this program will allow a person to leave prison more enlightened and with an enlarged vision of the world.