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Impact

Early Literacy Connection to Incarceration

Illiteracy and crime are connected. The Department of Justice states, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure. Over 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.”

Additional Statistics on Low Early Literacy Skills and Incarceration:

Links to Sources:

http://www.edjj.org/focus/prevention/phcsc.html

http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html

https://www.proedtn.org/news/313839/Literacy-is-Critical.htm

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs94/94102.pdf

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