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Reading As Punishment

By posted at 11:00 am on 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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4 Responses to “Reading As Punishment”

  1. Meredith Ann Rutter
    at 11:38 am on June 27, 2012

    Wow – not punishment but rehabilitation of the highest order!

  2. Shawn
    at 1:31 pm on June 27, 2012

    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.

  3. Carly
    at 1:42 pm on June 27, 2012

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

  4. Nathan
    at 1:53 pm on June 27, 2012

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

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