‘Half of US adults have had close fam­ily mem­ber jailed’

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS -

Nearly half of all US adults have had an im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­ber in­car­cer­ated at some point in their lives, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

Re­searchers also re­ported one in seven adults have seen im­me­di­ate fam­ily in­car­cer­ated for over a year, with mi­nori­ties most im­pacted.

The study by crim­i­nal jus­tice non­profit FWD.us and Cor­nell Univer­sity sur­veyed over 4,000 Amer­i­can adults.

Over 2 mil­lion Amer­i­cans are cur­rently in prison in the US.

The re­port es­ti­mates 64% of US adults have had some­one in their fam­ily spend at least one night in jail or prison.

The study’s au­thors said it pointed to a na­tion­wide “in­car­cer­a­tion cri­sis”.

“These num­bers are stun­ning, all the more so if you think of them not as num­bers but as sto­ries like mine,” Felic­ity Rose, FWD di­rec­tor said in a fore­word to the re­port.

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