Education and crime have had a causal link to each other for as long as criminal behavior has been recorded. In fact, lack of education is a central risk factor for predicting crime. The link is most often associated with education and employment, with employment and wages having a positive correlation with education level. To better understand the connection of education and crime, one must consider the education level of individuals who engage in criminal behavior and examine education’s impact on individuals’ propensity to commit criminal acts. This entry examines the correlation education has with criminal behavior and crime.

Links to Criminal Behavior

Factors that are associated with a lack of education are the same factors that are common with at-risk youth. The most prevalent factors include ...

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