“Redemption through Reading,” a program started in four overcrowded prisons in Brazil, will encourage inmates to cut time off their sentences by reading—specifically, four days for each book they complete. The inmates are given four weeks to complete each book and submit an essay, which must “make correct use of paragraphs, be free of corrections, use margins and legible joined-up writing,” says the notice in the official gazette, according to Reuters. They will be allowed to earn 48 days off each year—a total of 12 books of literature, philosophy, science or classics.
“A person can leave prison more enlightened and with an enlarged vision of the world,” Sao Paulo lawyer Andre Kehdi, who heads a book donation program told Reuters. “Without doubt they will leave a better person.”