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Family History of Incarceration Study

Funding from allowed Roper Center to fast-track processing and provide open-access distribution for the Family History of Incarceration Study (FamHIS), led by Professor Chris Wildeman of Cornell University.

FamHIS fills in gaps in research around the effects of mass incarceration by generating nationally representative estimates of the cumulative prevalence of incarceration and the incarceration of a family member across a range of family member types. This study explored how these experiences are associated with survey respondents’ health, opinions about the criminal justice system, and civic participation. The curated dataset was published to the Roper Center search portal in conjunction with the release of the study results.

Click here or the image to read the published report on  Click here to see the video detailing how nearly half of Americans have a close family member imprisoned.