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The power of books: Brazil reduces prison time in exchange for reading

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Inmates serving time in Brazil prisons will have a chance to reduce their prison terms by reading books. The draft law, responsible for this initiative is already dubbed «Redemption through reading». It will become in force in four Brazilian prisons.

For every book an inmate reads his prison term will be reduced by four days. 12 books per year is an acceptable amount; therefore, inmates will be able to reduce their time spent behind bars by 48 days per year, Diario comercio industria & servicios reports.

Inmates are allowed to choose books of philosophy, art and science form the prison libraries. One book is allowed to be read for 21 to 30 days. After the inmate reads one book, he will need to write an essay, which will be assessed by experts working in prisons. If an inmate is caught committing plagiarism, he will be denied the right to take part in the program.

Reading seminars will be organized similarly.

Brazilian prisons have a history for methods of reducing prison time for inmates, if they choose to study. But the new law is the first to clearly state by how many days an inmate can reduce his time in a prison.

There are around 513 000 people currently serving time in Brazilian prisons. According to 2005 data, 70% of them do not have secondary education.

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