In an interview with BBC Arabic, I expressed my doubts about the new program suggested by Brazilian government on cutting jail sentences of the prisoners by reading books. The program offers Brazilian prisoners a quicker escape by cutting of maximum 48days each year by reading 12 books.
According to Nation master, Brazil is ranking 5th globally in the total number of inmates (with 308 thousands) after USA, China, Russia and India. Read more what we have wrote at Global Voices about Human Rights Violation in Several Prisons in Brazil.
4 Brazilian federal prisons are applying this program. 1 book of Brazilian literature, science, or philosophy every month = 4 days less from inmate’s term. An essay must be written by the prisoner proving his understanding which must be “”make correct use of paragraphs, be free of corrections, use margins and legible joined-up writing,”
Despite the fact that most of the Brazilians inmates didn’t complete their basic elementary school, reading and writing skills is subject to question. Moreover, what is the credibility of the examiner? is he going to be honest and away from gangs influence, blackmailing, cheating and under table games? what about the topics of the books, What books do you think prisoners should read? do they call the attention of a simple prisoners limited minds? what do they teach him?
“I love my kindle” blog wrote:
Books have to be of an appropriate length. There are books, such as The Anarchist Cookbook (which tells people how to make bombs and such), that aren’t likely to be on the list.
From a theoretical perspective, to dispatch a better man out of the prison, I can see this initiative as a good idea, but not enough to be successful. The way that I see it is that the government is trying to satisfy human rights groups and reducing the 308,000 inmates from its crowded prisons. On the other hand, if the government is developing the human being in its prisons, then what does it mean to use the prisoners energy to ride exercise bikes tied to generators where the jail will give each inmate one day off for every 16 hours he rides!!!