How Many Americans Know Someone in Jail or Prison?
If hot dogs, baseball and Apple Pie are part of the quintessential American experience. Sadly mass incarceration may not be far behind a study published in sage journals and March of two thousand nineteen showed nearly half of all us. Citizens have an immediate family member that is a spouse parent, sibling or child who has been incarcerated for at least one night. The study which was led by Cornell researchers is the first ever to pinpoint the percentage of American families touched by the country's prison system researchers surveyed more than four thousand subjects who were representative of the country's makeup as a whole to find out whether they had family members who had ever spent time in jail or prison the. The study leaders thought that the number might hover around twenty three percent, but the real figures shocked them a we spoke by e mail with Peter Ends. The lead study author. He said we were very surprised that nearly one in two adults have had an immediate family. Members spend at least one night in jail or prison that siblings were the most common immediate family member to have been incarcerated, and the, even among the most educated those with a bachelor's degree or more, almost one in three. That's thirty percent have had an immediate family member spent time in jail or prison America has the world's incarceration rate with more than two point, two million people jailed or imprisoned. Jamming the entire population of the city of Houston, college educated white people where the least likely to encounter this phenomenon, according to the study, just fifteen percent of them had a family member in jail or prison on the flipside about sixty percent of African. Americans and people with lower levels of education had close experiences with the prison system, however, fifty five percent of African Americans with college degrees still had a relative who had been jailed imprisoned ends attributes the high percentage of Americans with incarcerated family members to a number of. The length of prison sentences handed out in the United States the country's tendency to impose prison sentences rather than treatment. It's very rigid parole system that leads many to return to prison, often without a commission of new crimes and the high level of pretrial incarceration about twenty years ago. The majority of People Arrested on even felony charges were released without posting bail, but since then bail bonds have exploded into an industry where two billion dollars per year and people who can't afford to pay can wind up spending long. Long stints in local jails awaiting trial, you can listen to our episode. Is there a better alternative to cash bail? For March two thousand eighteen, for more on that subject, the authors of the current study hoped that their research will remove some of the stigma of incarceration by showing how widespread it is, and said sentences for both non violent and violent crimes need to be reduced. We also need a correctional system that helps prepare those who are incarcerated return to society and supports these individuals when they're released.