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    #238129 - 05/03/17 11:24 AM Re: Anyone know what % of prison inmates are GT? [Re: Bostonian]
    katee564 Offline
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    Registered: 09/07/16
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    Originally Posted By: Bostonian
    Since less than 20% of the general population is gifted, there is no way that 20% of prison inmates, who have lower IQ on average, are gifted.

    If IQ scores in the prison system are not normally distributed, it's certainly plausible that there might be 20% gifted (with at least another peak below the general population mean IQ). I've no idea if this is the case- just sayin'.

    #238130 - 05/03/17 12:04 PM Re: Anyone know what % of prison inmates are GT? [Re: Talentdifferent]
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
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    Thank you, Talentdifferent, for sharing the details on this study.

    It seems there was a significant element of self-selection, as eligible inmates elected to take the IQ assessments... or not.

    It is interesting that it was determined this self-selected group was representative of the overall incarcerated population... based on "responses within an expected range". To me, this gives the appearance of a study designed to reinforce a foregone conclusion.

    As this dates back to 1984, and 33 years have passed, possibly it is time for a new study; one that might include several cities.

    Then again, the vast and invasive data collection that we live under may have this information already stored for nearly 100% of the population... including incarcerated persons. It would just be a matter of extracting and reporting.

    #238138 - 05/03/17 03:27 PM Re: Anyone know what % of prison inmates are GT? [Re: Kriston]
    ultramarina Offline

    Registered: 08/24/10
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    Of interest:

    Why super-smart people may be drawn to a life of crime

    #238139 - 05/03/17 03:59 PM Re: Anyone know what % of prison inmates are GT? [Re: ultramarina]
    indigo Offline

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    Interesting. The book from that article is available on Amazon - Criminal Genius: A Portrait of High-IQ Offenders, by James C. Oleson, September 6, 2016. There is a "Look Inside" feature to allow potential purchasers to sample a few pages of the book.

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