Prisons are believed to be places where criminals get punished. Think again.Brazil’s Santa Rita do Sapucaí prison has found a new source of sustainable energy which helps inmates to get in shape.
Thanks to city judge José Henrique Mallmann, the prison authorities have brought in battery-charging bikes so as to keep the inmates active while contributing to the society. The prisoners are required to pedal the bicycle which charges the battery that are used to power street lamps outside.
The authorities have also offered to cut down on prisoners’ sentences if they charge batteries by pedaling the bicycle. For every 16 hours of pedaling, a prisoner can cut a day off his sentence period.
Each evening, the charged batteries are taken to the city center to power the streetlights. It is not compulsory to use the bikes, but because the system benefits everyone, prisoners also began to like the program. The bike lightens the boredom of prisoners while keeping them in shape. And generates power too.
Seeing the success of the program, the prison department plans to add more power-generating bikes.
We hope this initiative will reduce sentences, waistlines, electricity bills, and carbon emissions and make our environment much better. What do you think?
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