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07/22/2010 11:24 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Different Kind Of Sentence As Reading Replaces Prison Time

With one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, and the death penalty, the US state of Texas seems the last place to embrace a liberal-minded alternative to prison. But when Mitchell Rouse was convicted of two drug offences in Houston, the former x-ray technician who faced a 60-year prison sentence -- reduced to 30 years if he pleaded guilty -- was instead put on probation and sentenced to read.

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