Low Literacy and Crime

The link between adult literacy and incarceration is well established.

  • Michigan’s economy would see a combination of crime-related savings and additional revenue of about $280 million each year if the male high school graduation rate increased by just 5%. Source: Alliance for Excellent Education
  • A one-year increase in average education levels would reduce arrest rates by 11%. Source: Alliance for Excellent Education
  • More than 60% of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write. Source: The Literacy Company
  • A total of 70% of prisoners scored in the two lowest literacy levels of the National Adult Literacy Survey.
  • More than 45% of all inmates in local jails, 40% in state facilities and 27% in federal corrections institutions did not graduate from high school. Inmates ages 24 and younger are less educated.