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Study: Higher grad rate could help W.Va. crime costs


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A policy group says a 5 percent increase in the high school graduation rate among males in West Virginia could save $100 million each year in crime-related costs as well as boost the state's economy.

The study by the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education ties the dropout rate among males with an increase in the crime rate.

Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise is the alliance's president. He says while dropping out of high school doesn't automatically result in a life of crime, dropouts are far more likely than high school graduates to be arrested or incarcerated.

The study says West Virginia's economy would receive a boost of about $5.7 million annually by a higher graduate rate.

The study was first reported by the Charleston Daily Mail.

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