Romanian legislators want to rewrite law giving shorter sentences to inmate authors

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Some Romanian senators are proposing to amend a law that reduces the sentences of inmates who write books in prison.

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Media reports on Thursday said 15 senators were backing changes.

A former prime minister, a TV mogul and a football club owner are among those who have had their sentences reduced, with 30 days knocked off a sentence for each book published.

The reduction is subject to a judge's decision on whether the book merits a reward. Self-publishing is not allowed.

Critics claim wealthy prisoners hire ghost writers. Senator Valeriu Tudoriscu told the Mediafax news agency the law helped senior figures convicted of corruption "return quicker to their wealth obtained through theft."

The National Penitentiaries Administration says 188 detainees published 400 books from 2013-2015.



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