Prisoners buy their freedom by generating electricity on stationary bikes

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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