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Prisoners made to pedal for power

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ReneCardenas
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re: Prisoners made to pedal for power
ReneCardenas   7/23/2012 7:58:19 PM
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All power to the cleaver people of Brazil, make them pay for their crimes to society! If there was a method to improve on efficiency, it would be great to use at home, but let be realistic. For home use I see no major impact to our large energy footprint. A typical household may use 50 to 100 KWhr per day, so I do not see the human gerbil experiment replacing the city power grid ;-) Lighting is a practical use, given the improvements of LED efficiency, however they may other practical uses for remote and rural areas.

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EREBUS0   7/23/2012 8:11:21 PM
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I think all criminals everywhere should have to work off the expense of their incarceration. If pedaling to generate power is useful to the community, then they should be alloted a power/day routine. Besides, exhausted criminals are much less likely to get into further mischief in prison. Plus who knows, it may turn out to be a great training plan for future Tour de France contestants.

old account Frank Eory
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old account Frank Eory   7/23/2012 8:20:11 PM
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It seems pretty irresponsible to me. I doubt there is much correlation between a prisoner's strength and motivation to pedal for X hours per day and his readiness to safely re-enter society.

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resistion   7/23/2012 9:57:41 PM
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Parole boards should make the call, there shouldn't be a blind formula.

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SylvieBarak   7/23/2012 10:04:59 PM
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well, yes, obviously. Although, you'd think that if the crime was severe enough, the jail sentence would be too long for peddling anything particularly meaningful off of it! But if it was, oh, I don't know, Tax Fraud or something... then I think it's an awesome way to repay one's debt to society. Not to mention the fact that keeping people in prison is expensive to local taxpayers, so why shouldn't they be put to work?

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resistion   7/24/2012 12:04:01 AM
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Still smacks of buying a reduced prison sentence. Better to let users pedal themselves and let prison sentences be reduced fairly.

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David Ashton   7/24/2012 1:25:21 AM
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You could also use this for Gyms - pedal and generate and get reduced fees..... Ref some of the comments above - anyone who is willing to pedal for 16 hours to get a day off their sentence must have something going for them. 16 hours is a LOT of pedalling.

resistion
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resistion   7/24/2012 2:01:05 AM
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If we think of this as a community service, maybe it could be a sentence in and of itself?

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eewiz   7/24/2012 2:27:29 AM
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yup 16 hours of pedaling is a lot. Should be more like 8 hours or something. BTW I really doubt, whether this kinda things will really help to solve the power problem. For pedaling 16 hours a day, the prisoners will have to consume "additional energy" as food. And there are 2x conversion losses in this process. ie food to stored fat, Fat to mechanical energy. Instead the food can be directly converted to energy for better conversion efficiency. Anyway, in this case the prisoners are getting some good exercise atleast :)

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Juho L   7/24/2012 5:06:09 AM
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This kind of idea could be used in gyms, as mentioned above. Of course the resulting energy would be minimal to the total energy consumption of the gym facility, but every kWh saved is good thing. After all, cutting down the energy consumption is all about making small decisions and innovations that together result in big savings.

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