He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885), French writer.
Of course, the educated also commit crimes, and I am aware that there are many ways to look at stats. Still, I believe that more positive opportunities open up for those with at least some degree of education to help them avoid the pitfalls of so many incarcerated people.
The moral of the quotation – Get an Education!
Oh, and don’t just educate yourself by finding those who agree with you. Expand your horizons!
According to the Literacy and Policing Project, 79 percent of imprisoned Canadians do not have their high school diploma, and 65 percent have less than a Grade 8 level of literacy. Although research has consistently proven that prison literacy programs greatly reduce rates of recidivism, no such program is consistently implemented by Corrections Canada.
“In 2010/2011, information on offenders’ educational attainment was reported by Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. These data showed that 44% of all offenders in those provinces who were 25 years or over at the time of admission had never completed high school. This compares to 21% of those of similar age in the general population (Statistics Canada 2012b).”
“68% of State prison inmates did not receive a high school diploma
About 26% of State prison inmates said they had completed the GED while serving time in a correctional facility.
Although the percentage of State prison inmates who reported taking education courses while confined fell from 57% in 1991 to 52% in 1997, the number who participated in an educational program since admission increased from 402,500 inmates in 1991 to 550,000 in 1997.”http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=814
In any walk of life skills are the key to economic and social success. Which without any shadow of a doubt is one of the main reasons our prisons are so full. Official statistics show that 52% of male offenders and 72% of female offenders have no qualifications whatsoever. Almost half of all prisoners have literacy skills at or below level 1 and nearly two thirds have the same difficulties with regard to numeracy skills. http://www.theguardian.com/society/joepublic/2010/feb/03/prison-education-training-low-skills