Redemption Through Reading

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/26/prisoners-books-reduce-sentence

In Brazil, there is an original and healthy (for the mind) initiative called Redemption through Reading: prisons inmates are allowed to reduce their sentences for reading books( 4 days per book read, with a maximum allowed of 48 days per year). There are rules, just saying having read the book it’s not enough: the book must be among 12 selected works and it must be read it in a month. And at the end, the inmate must write an essay on it.

I think its an commendable initiative and I would like this to be generalized. What do you think?