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I normally try to explain that the processes of brainstorming, organizing, and supporting their opinions are skills which are applicable to so many other areas.
As valid is that argument is, now I have a new answer, the ability to write an essay could lower your time in prison!
According to a Reuters' article Reading offers Brazilian prisoners quicker escape a federal prison in Brazil is offering the chance for inmates to knock 4 days off of their sentence if they read a work of literature, philosophy, science or one of the classics and write an essay on the subject (for a maximum of 48 days).
Their essay MUST have proper paragraphs, use appropriate margins, be legible, and "be free of corrections."
Not every prisoner will be eligible for this, but nonetheless I will be using this as a solid reason why essay writing extends past academics.