Banged up in Brazil? Better break out the books…

A Brazilian prison is reducing sentences for inmates who read more books.

A new government scheme – dubbed Redemption Through Reading – will enable some of the South American country’s most notorious criminals to get out of jail up to 48 days early, with four days shaved off a sentence per book read.

But it’s not quite as easy as it sounds because prisoners will be tested on their reading skills when they finish a book. They are asked to write an essay about each novel detailing what they have learned from reading it.

The guidelines also state that prisoners – who are allowed to read up to 12 books a year – must “make correct use of paragraphs, be free of corrections, use margins and legible joined-up writing”.

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