82% of prisoners today are school dropouts
Students who drop out of school are more likely to end up in prison.
78% of prison inmates had truancy as the first entry on their arrest records.
Truants are targeted for recruitment by gangs.
Truants are found to be at greater risk for becoming involved with gangs, drugs, alcohol or violence.
67% of truants tested positive for drugs at the time they were detained.
57% of violent crimes committed by juveniles occur on school days.