By Ernest Drucker
While Dr. John Snow first traced an epidemic of cholera to a water pump within the Soho district of London in 1854, the sphere of epidemiology was once born. Taking an analogous public health and wellbeing 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 exceptional point of imprisonment has develop into an epidemic—a plague upon our physique politic.
Drucker, an across the world well-known public healthiness student and Soros Justice Fellow, spent two decades treating drug habit and one other twenty learning AIDS in a number of the poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and around the globe. He
compares mass incarceration to different, well-recognized epidemics utilizing uncomplicated public overall healthiness innovations: “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, destructive the very social buildings that hinder crime.
Sure to impress debate, this booklet shifts the paradigm of the way we predict approximately punishment by way of demonstrating that our extraordinary charges of incarceration have the contagious and self-perpetuating good points of the plagues of past centuries.
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