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Prisoners buy their freedom by generating electricity on stationary bikes

Jul 11, 2012 By Abraham

These prisoners in a medium-security prison in Santa Rita do Sapucai, Brazil are volunteers in an unusual new program. They generate electricity by pedaling stationary bikes that are connected to car batteries…

The power is used to keep the town square lit at night…

For every three 8-hour days a prisoner spends pedaling, he receives a day off his sentence. So basically it’s an even, hour-for-hour exchange — 24 hours of biking equals 24 hours of freedom. Seems like a pretty good deal.

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  1. QuizikL says:

    I’ve been advocating this for years! Sentence criminals to kilowatt hours instead of time. Treadmills, hand cranks, giant hamster wheels all connected to electricity generating devices. Creates green energy, keeps prisoners in shape and out of trouble, plus teaches personal responsibility. The more you contribute, the sooner you’re out. Bravo!!!

  2. Kjkillercom says:

    I remember reading about this a few days ago. I believe this is ingenious and something we should adapt here in the states.

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