Stephen Fry on American Prisonswww.youtube.com

“There are more 17-year-old black people in jail than in college.”

Update: Commenter Ilverin makes a good point, “barely any 17-year olds of any group attend college, as the great majority still attend high school.” It goes without saying that the other prison statistics are troubling enough without that particular one.

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3 comments

  1. Ilverin · December 8, 2011

    The great majority of the facts in the video are true, however, the "17-year olds" one is misleading.

    You can say that same fact about any sizable group in America (whites, asians, left-handed people), because they confused college and high-school.

    It is technically true, but misleading.

    For more information about comparing prisoners to college students: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2007/10/young_black_males_headed_for_e_1.html

  2. Ilverin · December 8, 2011

    *EDIT:

    What I mean by confusing high school and college is that barely any 17-year olds of any group attend college, as the great majority still attend high school.

    See: http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/

  3. Dan Phiffer · December 8, 2011

    Thanks for the links, Ilverin!

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