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Off the Shelves: Reading as punishment: Is the written word that reviled?
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A few odd news articles have come to my attention lately: A California man convicted of attempting to sell a grenade launcher to an undercover federal agent was sentenced to write a book report; a Brazilian prison has offered to reduce prison sentences of inmates for reading books; and a woman in South Carolina is given the penance of reading the Bible after being convicted of injuring two people while driving drunk. Since when did reading become such a despised practice that now the justice system is using it as a means of punishment? Hopefully, most people understand why these verdicts have been issued.