Sunday, July 12, 2009

U Iowa student arrest rates

Unanswered question on student arrest rates

This UI study, the original of which I can't find, is popping up in the slow weekend news:

About 4 percent of University of Iowa students were cited or arrested for criminal offenses in Iowa City between Aug. 1, 2008 and May 20, 2009, according to a UI report.

In the last academic year, 1,194 students were charged with one or more non-traffic criminal offenses in Iowa City, according to numbers gathered by the UI Student Services office.

UI undergraduates had a higher rate of criminal offenses — 5.5 percent — than the overall student body.

Most of the charges — 75 percent of them —were for alcohol-related violations, such as public intoxication and underage drinking.

Some unanswered questions here:

  • How many of those arrested for "underage" drinking were 18, 19 and 20 year old adults?

  • Multiply that out by a four to five year stay, and add a circle of friends, and how many no votes on a new jail is that if a jail goes on the 2012 presidential ballot?
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