Prisoners Earn Early Release by Writing Good Essays

If you see a young person heading down the wrong path--one that leads to a life behind bars--then help him out. Teach him how to read and write well. It may get him out of prison faster:

Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil's most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year, the government announced.

Prisoners will have up to four weeks to read each book and write an essay which must "make correct use of paragraphs, be free of corrections, use margins and legible joined-up writing," said the notice published on Monday in the official gazette.


Link -via Marginal Revolution | Image: Be a Novelist

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"Legible joined-up writing" -- CURSIVE?? -- that is cruel and unusual.

My grandma's cursive is impeccable but no one younger can read or write cursive any longer because writing cursive hurts like hell and typing is several times faster...

Brazil is full of sadists.
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I only write cursive to sign my name. I've met some older people who swear that it's faster. Maybe so, but cursive writing becomes illegible without sustained effort.
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