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Study: high school drop-outs more likely to commit crimes

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BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- A recent national study, conducted by the Alliance for Excellent Education, finds that about 56 percent of federal inmates, and 67 percent of state inmates across the country, never graduated from high school. 

Educators at Mercer County Schools say one way they are working to increase the graduation rate is through their truancy program.

Their goal-- by keeping kids in school while they're young, those students will be less likely to drop out before getting their diploma.

Bluefield High School leaders say their mentorship program is also taking aim at the dropout rates.

"A lot of these students don't have a mom or a dad at home," said Michael Morgan, Assistant Principal at Bluefield HS.

"We think by bringing in individuals that can help build positive relationships with our students, like we try to do on a daily basis, that positive rapport sometimes means the world to these kids."

Most recent data suggests the graduation rate in Mercer County is just over 70%.

The study does not suggest that all drop-outs will end up behind bars-- just that they are more likely to do so.

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