High School Dropouts – Part 1

Kenzie Kidman, Writer

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The United States is facing a dropout crisis, with an estimated 1.2 million students dropping out of high school. That is around 26 students every second or 7,000 students a day. So now that we know around how many kids drop out, how many of them end up committing crimes? Just for not finishing high school, you are 3.5 times more likely to get in trouble with the law than high school graduates. Across the country 68% of state prison inmates don’t have high school diplomas. A 10% point increase in graduation rates has reduced murder and assault rates by approximately 20%. That is around 175,000 aggravated assaults and around 3,000 murders prevented just by kids graduating high school. So over 80% of high school dropouts are incarcerated in jail for misdemeanors and 68% of high school dropouts are in prison for felonies. Sorry, but with those chances you’re more likely to end up incarcerated if you dropout. Look for the second part of this article about the unemployment and salary rates of a high school dropout next week.

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