Ai carte, ai parte?!…

According to the country’s prison administration, 415 scientific works written by prisoners were published between the start of 2013 and December 9, 2015. In 2012, there were just seven.

There are strong suggestions that many of the books are being written by ghostwriters, or at least heavily guided by outside research assistants, who then pass the text on to the prisoners who handwrite them – the manuscripts must be handwritten rather than typed – and pay for a small print run of a few hundred copies.

At present there is little in the way of guidelines or academic rigour on what is worthy of reduced prison time, with parole boards often left to decide on their own.


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