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A Plague of Prisons

The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America
Drucker, Ernest (Book - 2011 )
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A Plague of Prisons

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When Dr. John Snow first traced an outbreak of cholera to a water pump in the Soho district of London in 1854, the field of epidemiology was born. Taking the same public health approaches and tools that have successfully tracked epidemics of flu, tuberculosis, and AIDS over the intervening one hundred and fifty years, Ernest Drucker makes the case that our current unprecedented level of imprisonment has become an epidemic--a plague upon our body politic. Drucker, an internationally recognized public health scholar and Soros Justice Fellow, spent twenty years treating drug addiction and another twenty studying AIDS in some of the poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and worldwide. He compares mass incarceration to other, well-recognized epidemics using basic public health concepts: #147;prevalence and incidence," #147;outbreaks," #147;contagion," #147;transmission," and #147;potential years of life lost." He argues that imprisonment--originally conceived as a response to individuals' crimes--has become mass incarceration: a destabilizing force that undermines the families and communities it targets, damaging the very social structures that prevent crime. Sure to provoke debate, this book shifts the paradigm of how we think about punishment by demonstrating that our unprecedented rates of incarceration have the contagious and self-perpetuating features of the plagues of previous centuries.
Authors: Drucker, Ernest
Title: A plague of prisons
the epidemiology of mass incarceration in America
Publisher: New York :, New Press :, Distributed by Perseus Distribution,, 2011
Characteristics: xiv, 226 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ernest Drucker
Contents: An epidemiological riddle
Cholera in London : the ghost maps of Dr. Snow
AIDS : the epidemiology of a new disease
A different kind of epidemic
Anatomy of an outbreak : New York's Rockefeller drug laws and the prison pump
Orders of magnitude : the scale of mass incarceration
A self-sustaining epidemic
Chronic incapacitation : the long tail of mass incarceration
The contagion of punishment : collateral damage to children and families of prisoners
Ending mass incarceration : a public health model
ISBN: 1595584978
Branch Call Number: 365.973 D7941p 2011
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