Pedalling for 16 hours equals a day cut from sentence

Prisoners in a jail in Brazil will have a day shaved from their sentence for every 16 hours they spend pedalling on a stationary bike rigged up to a generator.

The generators power lightbulbs in Santa Rita do Sapucai prison.

According to a report in the Jornal Nacional, the city's judge instated the policy, but prison only has two bikes so far. The paper says that at the moment, a full day can power six lightbulbs,  but doesn't say how long for.

Prisoners are so keen to sign up though, that the prison will install another eight bikes.

Judge Jose Henrique Mallmann told the paper that he got the idea from reading about a similar programme in Arizona on the Internet.

At Tent City Jail in Phoenix, female inmates could watch an hour of television from pedalling for an hour, under a system dubbed 'Pedal Vision'.

There are fringe benefits too; one prisoner in Santa Rita do Sapucai prison has reported losing 'about four pounds'.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.


paulfrank [93 posts] 5 years ago

Just what you need, fitter criminals back on the streets sooner  7

antonio [1168 posts] 5 years ago

Probably energy saving bulbs.

Vili Er [284 posts] 5 years ago

This is Charlie Brooker's '15 Million Merits' come to life!

Trev Allen [132 posts] 5 years ago

16hours on a turbo? Should get out a week early for that kind of dedication

PRINCIPIA PHIL [59 posts] 5 years ago

What a great story - Jailbreak by bicycle..

Anyway it got me thinking, you wouldn't be too keen going to any spin classes in any gyms in Brazil - imagine the shame of being shown up by some ex-con covered in tattoos.
Also, have Specialized not considered sponsoring a knife amnesty in prisons - hand in a Shiv for a time trial bike.
Then, if a certain Texan multi Tour de France winner were to be sent down by USADA, he'd be back out in no time - his sentence would be as short as the Spanish team mate that he got on so well with a couple of years ago.
The best idea though came from a colleague of mine who said, maybe unbeknownst to them they're powering the generator for the electric chair!