A reading program with a difference

Reading programs or book clubs are a common service offered by libraries, especially public libraries. A recent news article discusses a book club with a very exclusive membership and offering rather unique benefits.

As reported on the ABC website, authorities in Brazil have come up with a scheme which rewards prison inmates who read books with a reduction in their sentence. For every book they read and submit an essay on, they will receive four days off their sentence. It’s certainly an interesting approach which aims to help improve prisoners’ lives and prospects once they’re released.