Illiteracy: a lack of ability to read and write
"The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure."
85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
More than 70 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate.
43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5
3 out of 4 food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels
How do we stop illiteracy?
- By focusing more on literacy in younger classes, so that students don’t fall behind early in life.
- And by having more literacy classes for adults, so that they can pass their knowledge to the next generation.
- By giving more classes to inmates at more prisons