Prisoners in Brazil make electricity - level 3, A12

Prisoners in Brazil make electricity - level 3, A12

24-07-2012 18:00

This might look like an ordinary exercise session but for these prisoners in Brazil working out isn’t just a way to get fit. They are hoping to shorten their sentences.

They’re harnessing pedal power and turning it into real power. So, as they cycle, they generate energy which powers street lighting in the outside world.

The project is part of a nationwide scheme which helps prisoners give something back to their communities.

They cycle for 8 hours a day and for every three days pedalling, they get a day knocked off their sentences.

The energy they generate gets stored up in batteries which then is hatched to the street lights.

The prisoners say they feel like they’re making a difference. This street used to be dark and abandoned but now the new lighting means people feel safe enough to walk there again. 


Interesting words: ordinary (normal), sentence (time in prison), harness (use), store up (put to one place for future use), hatched (released), abandoned (empty).

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