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ERIC Number: EJ841744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1050-9674
Illiterate Prisoners? Myths and Empirical Realities
Rankin, Carole E.
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v41 n2 p43-55 2005
This study reviews state and national surveys of prisoner literacy and compares their results to two recent surveys of literacy in Michigan prisoners. The persistent notion that prisoners are severely illiterate is shown to be a myth. In Michigan, only 10 to 11% of commitments were found to have Test of Adult Basic Education scores below grade five. Sixty percent of committed prisoners under age 60 at commitment have at least some high school. This has been true of Michigan prisoners since at least 1997. Comparisons to national data and data from other states and other countries show similar results. Published claims to the contrary are examined and found to have such serious methodological flaws as to be utterly invalid. Courts and Departments of Corrections should view such claims with deep suspicion and examine the methodology behind them very carefully. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan