Everyone knows there’s a big correlation between crime and education. As in, the less education people have – on average – the more crime they are likely to commit.
Makes sense. No education, no good job. No good job, thievery may start to look appealing.
Gov. Chris Gregoire – visiting us Tuesday to tout her new budget – noted that a mere 18 percent of the state’s prison inmates hold high school diplomas. She was making the linkage to strengthen the case for more investment in schools.
She also mentioned a fascinating little factoid: 71 percent of men and 83 percent of women in the state’s prisons have less than than a ninth-grade level education.
The gender disparity is intriguing. It doesn’t reflect well on the male of the species. In fact, it strongly suggests – how to put this diplomatically? – that women have to be considerably dumber than men before they’ll turn to crime.