What's the average IQ of people in prison, do you think?

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28/09/2012 at 18:38

It can't be very high, because they were stupid enough to think that they could get away with committing a crime. 

28/09/2012 at 18:39
Don't care so long as they keep them locked up
28/09/2012 at 18:47
No. Prisons are full of people who think they are smart enough.
LIVERBIRD    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:05

 

 

LIVERBIRD    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:06

Well that went well! That was "supposed" to be a hyperlink to an article.

Maybe my IQ is in my boots?

Ultra AJH    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:06
What about that guy who is in for squatting? He's got free room and board for 12 weeks
Ultra AJH    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:06
I read that wrong!
Pethead    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:07

On average 100, the same average as the ones outside.

LIVERBIRD    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:07

Apparently 25% have an IQ of less than 80. Average is 100.

I must know a lot of bright people....

Ultra AJH    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:09
I don't think mine is that high. I just use it well.
LIVERBIRD    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:11

Well mine was high enough to put me into MENSA.

But I still drove to the wrong roundabout today to go to Sainsburys and then almost stole a box of Weetabix mini crunch because I'd not put it on the conveyor belt so it mustn't take into account scatty cows!

28/09/2012 at 19:11

The IQ distribution may be very similar to the outside population, but I bet the level of education is significantly lower. 

LIVERBIRD    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:12

I'm not convinced that whether or not you can instantly see the answer to a puzzle is a good measure of intelligence?

LIVERBIRD    pirate
28/09/2012 at 19:12

I think that's what I was getting at Frodo.

28/09/2012 at 19:19
kittenkat wrote (see)
Rickster wrote (see)

It can't be very high, because they were stupid enough to think that they could get away with committing a crime. 

But that's the POINT! You can get away with it if you're smart (very smart now with forensics)

You asked how smart the people IN prison are. If they are in prison, then they obviously aren't the ones who are clever enough not to get caught.

28/09/2012 at 19:29

"23% of young offenders have learning difficulties
(IQs of below 70) and a further 36% have
borderline learning difficulties (IQ 70-80)."

"48% of all prisoners are at, or below, the level
expected of an 11 year old in reading, 65% in
numeracy and 82% in writing.86 47% of prisoners
say they have no qualifications."

The above is taken from the Prison Reform Trust June 2012 review. Interesting.

28/09/2012 at 19:34
28/09/2012 at 20:10

Well i sometimes wonder if those of us going to work are the ones with the low IQ.There's a young lady known here locally with a talent for shopping shall we say,who I'm told on a good day can earn £500.Once every 3 or so months she'll get her collar felt,go to court six months later and ask for x amount of similar offences to be taken into consideration and get 2-4 months in jail.

The moral of the story is that crime can definatly pay so long as your not botherd about a bit of time at HM pleasure.Now does this behaviour amount to lower or higher IQ or does Intellengence or IQ just become irrelevant,they've worked out that its easier going to jail for a couple of months a year  than spending all year going to work.

Edited: 28/09/2012 at 20:14
28/09/2012 at 20:23

I think it was Dennis Neilson who said that being in prison was a good deal for pensioners - spending your time in a warm cosy cell, no fuel, food, council tax worries, tv and other entertainment on tap - watch out 'im indoors....

28/09/2012 at 20:24
Black Country Boy wrote (see)

Well i sometimes wonder if those of us going to work are the ones with the low IQ.There's a young lady known here locally with a talent for shopping shall we say,who I'm told on a good day can earn £500.Once every 3 or so months she'll get her collar felt,go to court six months later and ask for x amount of similar offences to be taken into consideration and get 2-4 months in jail.

The moral of the story is that crime can definatly pay so long as your not botherd about a bit of time at HM pleasure.Now does this behaviour amount to lower or higher IQ or does Intellengence or IQ just become irrelevant,they've worked out that its easier going to jail for a couple of months a year  than spending all year going to work.

If they can plan the jail time so that they are inside for December and January, it means that they save on their winter heating bills and don't have to buy Christmas presents. Good planning! 

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