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Crime and gender (you might want to skip this if you’re a man)

Post by Kim Bradford on Dec. 20, 2006 at 3:33 pm |
December 20, 2006 3:33 pm

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.

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