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How Widespread Is Illiteracy in US Prisons?

Illiteracy is widespread throughout the US incarceration system with more than 55% of inmates unable to read and write. Furthermore, research shows that more than 85% of juvenile delinquents are functionally illiterate. Overall, the United States ranks 16th out of 23 countries in terms of literacy as measured in a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

More about illiteracy:

  • Studies show that in the US, the risk of returning to prison for an inmate decreases from 70% to 16% if he or she receives literacy help.

  • India and China are home to more than 50% of the world's non-literates.

  • The worldwide adult literacy rate is 84%, according to a 2010 study.

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More Info: nces.ed.gov

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anon354821
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That is the reason there are prisoners that are in the penitentiary and are innocent. They cannot and do not understand those big words they use.

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