Reading As Punishment

June 27, 2012 | 4

First a judge ordered a man to write a book report, and now Brazil is offering inmates sentence reductions for every book they read. When did reading shift from pleasure to punishment?

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  1. I have to agree with Meredith. Being rewarded for doing something doesn’t really sound like punishment. Rather it sounds more like a reward for putting real effort into their own rehabilitation.

  2. Sounds like a fabulous idea to me. Wouldn’t reading & writing book reports be a great alternative to solitary confinement?

  3. I don’t see the sentence reduction as a punishment, but as an inducement to better themselves.

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