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    Cycling for Prisoners


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    Cycling for Prisoners

    Post  RobM on Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:03 am

    I read today on Reuters that nearly 200 French prisoners are preparing to take to their bikes in the first ever penal pedal.

    194 inmates, escorted by 124 prison guards and sports instructors, will set off from Lille and cycle about 2,400km (1,500 miles) to Paris.

    They will have to cycle in a pack and, for obvious reasons, breakaway sprints will not be allowed.

    Prison authorities say they hope the event will help the inmates learn values such as team work and self esteem.

    The prisoners, all serving jail terms of between five and 10 years, will make stopovers in 17 different towns, each of which has a jail.

    Prison official Sylvie Marion said the project aims to help the prisoners "reintegrate into society by fostering values like effort, teamwork and self-esteem".

    "We want to show them that with some training, you can achieve your goals and start a new life," Reuters quoted her as saying.

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