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Stationary Bikes Get Brazilian Prisoners Closer to Freedom

Inmates pedal exercise bicycles to power lights in a nearby town in exchange for reduced sentences

The program is one of several across Brazil designed to cut the number of repeat offenders. Inmates in some other Brazilian prisons can reduce their sentences by reading books or taking classes. Supporters say the programs could eventually help curb overcrowding in Brazilian prisons, which currently hold upwards of 500,000 inmates.

"It's a win-win situation," the prison's director, Gilson Rafael Silva, told the AP. "People who normally are on the margins of society are contributing to the community and not only do they get out sooner in return, they also get their self-esteem back.


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