1 in 2 adults in America has had a family member in jail or prison. This is an incarceration crisis.
“These numbers are stunning, all the more so if you think of them not as numbers but as stories like mine.”
These numbers are shocking, but they don’t even begin to capture the devastating impact incarceration has on families.
have had an immediate family member incarcerated and, right now, 6.5 million adults have an immediate family member currently incarcerated in jail or prison.
In fact, rates of family incarceration are nearly identical for Republicans (43 percent) and Democrats (45 percent).
Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2018) Correctional Populations in the United States, 2016. Available at: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpus16.pdf
Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2018. “Jail Inmates of 2016.” Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice. Available at: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ji16_sum.pdf