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A plague of prisons : the epidemiology of mass incarceration in America

Autore: Ernest M Drucker
Editore: New York : New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2011.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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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, the author makes the case that our current unprecedented level of imprisonment has become an  Per saperne di più…
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Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Ernest M Drucker
ISBN: 9781595584977 1595584978
Numero OCLC: 435419383
Descrizione: xiv, 226 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contenuti: 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 relative impact of mass incarceration --
A self-sustaining epidemic : modes of reproduction --
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.
Responsabilità: Ernest Drucker.

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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, the author makes the case that our current unprecedented level of imprisonment has become an epidemic, a plague upon our body politic. The author, 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: 'prevalence and incidence, ' 'outbreaks, ' 'contagion, ' 'transmission, ' and '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. 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.

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