Vol. 6, No. 4, 2000 Page 3

Dyslexics behind bars

How many criminals are dyslexic? A new study of 253 Texas prison inmates found that 47.8 percent had difficulty with word attack skills (evidence of dyslexia), and that "nearly two thirds of the subjects scored poorly in reading comprehension."

Previous studies (see related article, Crime Times, 1999, Vol. 5, No. 4, Page 1) have revealed rates of dyslexia ranging from 41 to 78 percent in prison populations.


"Prevalence of dyslexia among Texas prison inmates," Kathryn C. Moody, Charles E. Holzer, Mary J. Roman, Katherine A. Paulsen, Daniel H. Freeman, Marjie Haynes, and Thomas N. James, Journal of Texas Medicine, Vol. 96, No. 6, 2000, pp. 69-75. Address: Kathryn C. Moody, Open Gates Dyslexia Programs, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-0173, kmoody@utmb.edu.

Related Article: [2002, Vol. 8]

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