Federal Prisons in Brazil have a program called “Remission through reading” [Remissão pela Leitura], that rules that every time an inmate reads and writes a review of the book their sentence is 4 days shortened. The program library has 124 books enlisted so far. This are the inmates favorite books of 2012, according to the Ministry of Justice:
1) The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
2) The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, John Boyne
3) The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
4) Nunca desista de seus sonhos, Augusto Cury – The first Brazilian book featured in the list is also the first self help book. The translated title would be Never give up on your dreams.
I wonder what sort of books are read by american inmates… It would be interesting to see the cultural differences between the two countries.