Almost half of the adults in the U.S. have experienced an immediate family member being incarcerated. (IStock) Rachel Weiner Local Reporter Federal Worship Short in Alexandria, Va. and local court in Arlington and Alexandria. December 6 at 8:10 AM Nearly 1 in 2 adults in the United States has an immediate family member to go to jail or prison for at least one night, according to a new study from Cornell University. One in 7 adults has had an immediate family member behind bars for at least a year; for 1 in 34 The study estimates that 6.5 million adults, 1 in 38, currently incarcerated. Amongst more than 63 percent of adults and 48 percent of Latino adults and 42 percent of white adults. More than half a year with a family member locked up, compared with a third of college-educated white adults. Three times as many adults as adults have seen a relative relative to a year or more – 31 percent, compared with 10 percent. Low-income residents are also more likely to have a $ 25,000 a year compared to $ 100,000 a year or more. Looking for people with a relative income of the highest income and 8 percent of the highest-income residents. People living in the Northeast are less likely to see an immediate relative to the prison, according to the study – less than a third have. Only 1 in 4 survey respondents said they were able to visit the incarcerated relative, although that result includes cases of only a night in jail. Still, they had a family member locked up for a year ago they had been able to visit. The survey was designed by Cornell researchers for FWD.us, a nonprofit launched in 2013 by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to advocate for looser immigration laws. The tech industry lobbying group has since broadened its goals to include criminal justice reform. "This research corroborates what too many families are known to be too bad," said Todd Schulte, president of FWD. us. He previously worked for a super PAC to reelect President Barack Obama in 2012..