A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration by Ernest Drucker

By Ernest Drucker

Whilst Dr. John Snow first traced a pandemic of cholera to a water pump within the Soho district of London in 1854, the sphere of epidemiology was once born. Taking a similar public well-being methods and instruments that experience effectively tracked epidemics of flu, tuberculosis, and AIDS over the intervening 100 and fifty years, Ernest Drucker makes the case that our present extraordinary point of imprisonment has turn into an epidemic—a plague upon our physique politic.

Drucker, an the world over famous public overall healthiness student and Soros Justice Fellow, spent two decades treating drug habit and one other twenty learning AIDS in a few of the poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and around the world. He
compares mass incarceration to different, well-recognized epidemics utilizing uncomplicated public wellbeing and fitness strategies: “prevalence and incidence,” “outbreaks,” “contagion,” “transmission,” and “potential years of lifestyles lost.”

He argues that imprisonment—originally conceived as a reaction to individuals’ crimes—has turn into mass incarceration: a destabilizing strength that undermines the households and groups it pursuits, harmful the very social buildings that hinder crime.

Sure to impress debate, this e-book shifts the paradigm of the way we predict approximately punishment by way of demonstrating that our extraordinary premiums of incarceration have the contagious and self-perpetuating positive factors of the plagues of prior centuries.

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