In Romania white-collar prisoners outsmart professors


A view of the first wall painted by inmates, surrounding the Jilava Penitentiary building, near Bucharest, Romania, 28 February 2013. Jilava penitentiary may be one of the city’s oldest, as well as most infamous, prisons, but it boasts one of the most progressive programmes of rehabilitation for its inmates thanks to a grant from Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism.

… or perhaps money talks, even in prison

There is an old Victor Hugo quote that goes “ he who opens a school, closes a prison.” That is not quite true in Romania, apparently.

As of August 2014, a Romanian media oligarch, Dan Voiculescu, is serving 10 years in prison for corruption. While in prison, he took to science, and with no less than eight publications, he could be moving from business to academia. Apparently, he is not alone, Guardian reports.

Romanian law shaves a month in prison for every publication of scientific value....

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