Brazilian prisons are rolling out programs aimed at shortening the sentences of proactive prisoners. The government recently announced that four federal prisons will begin a “Reading through Redemption” program that will slice four days off a convict’s time (with a maximum of 48 days a year) for every book read – and properly written book report submitted. At another prison, Santa Rita do Sapucaí, a sentence can be reduced by a day for every 16 hours a prisoner charges batteries by pedaling on a stationary bike. The charged batteries are used to power streetlights in the city. The prison plans to add more bikes so that the prisoners can provide enough light to illuminate an entire street or town square. The hope is that this additional light will help make the community safer at night.
Reuters, July 2nd 2012