Almost half of all adults in the US have a family member imprisoned at some point in their lives, according to a new study.
Researchers also reported that one out of every seven adults imprisoned for over a year was the most affected minority.
FWD.us and Cornell University's nonprofit study conducted by the criminal justice system surveyed over 4,000 American adults.
Over two million Americans are currently in prison in the United States.
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The report estimates that 64% of US adults spent at least one night in prison or jail.
The authors of the study stated that they point to a nationwide "incarceration crisis".
"These numbers are mind-boggling, all the more so if you consider them not as numbers, but as stories like mine," said Felicity Rose, director of the FWD, in a preface to the report.
"One of the worst aspects of growing up with a dad in and out of jail was the isolation and shame I felt," she added.
One in five US adults detained one parent, resulting in serious financial and emotional consequences.
What were the results?
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At the time of the investigation, 6.5 million adults reported that an immediate family member was currently in prison or jail.
Every seventh adult had an imprisoned spouse; One in eight had a child locked up. And only one in four can ever visit a detained family member.
There was no difference between political arrest rates, but the researchers found that colored people were the most affected.
African American adults were 50% more likely than White Americans to have a family member imprisoned, and three times as likely to have the family imprisoned for over 10 years or more, the investigation found.
Latino adults were 70% more likely to have a loved one detained for over a year than white Americans.
Low-income families were also disproportionately affected, with adults earning less than $ 25,000 a year 61% more likely to have families imprisoned than those earning more than $ 100,000 a year.
And 54% of the imprisoned parents were the breadwinners of their families.
Detention rates were highest in the southern and western states, and residents were 60% more likely to experience family imprisonment than people in the northeast.
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, more people are being imprisoned per capita in the US than anywhere else in the world.
FWD reports that over the past two decades, local prisons have allowed over 10 million people each year.
Despite the recent decline in detention rates, the US still has 710 people per 100,000 imprisoned 100,000 in FWD.