Your chances of going to prison

This Boston Globe article discusses how fucked up imprisonment rates are. (source)

It is pretty shocking how much more likely you are to go to jail if you’re black. Black high school drop outs have a nearly 70% chance of incarceration.

Maybe staying in school isn't the worst idea in the world.

Maybe staying in school isn’t the worst idea in the world.

You’re seven times more likely to go to jail if you’re black than if you’re white. But, this “all” statistic doesn’t make it clear if the high school dropout rate skews the “all” category. Nevertheless, this makes one thing pretty clear — if you’re black, you can cut your chances of going to jail by almost 66% by staying in school. That’s not much help to the other statistical anomalies though.

2 Responses to Your chances of going to prison

  1. Amy says:

    This is one of those “correlation does not imply causation” issues. Because I would bet that a whole lot of people in that 69% in the last column didn’t finish high school precisely because of issues caused by the criminal justice system. If you get yanked out of school as a teenager and sent to juvie, your chances of graduating go down by a lot. And then once the system has screwed up your life, it punishes you again by making it impossible to get a job or get out of poverty or go to college, and any time you get stopped by the police and they see your juvie record, you get looked at like a criminal. And then we wonder why people in that category end up more likely to go back to prison…

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