By Ernest Drucker
While Dr. John Snow first traced a virus of cholera to a water pump within the Soho district of London in 1854, the sphere of epidemiology was once born. Taking an identical public overall healthiness ways 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 unheard of point of imprisonment has develop into an epidemic—a plague upon our physique politic.
Drucker, an across the world well-known public wellbeing and fitness pupil and Soros Justice Fellow, spent 20 years treating drug habit and one other twenty learning AIDS in the various poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and around the globe. He
compares mass incarceration to different, well-recognized epidemics utilizing simple public overall healthiness thoughts: “prevalence and incidence,” “outbreaks,” “contagion,” “transmission,” and “potential years of existence 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 expect approximately punishment through demonstrating that our exceptional charges of incarceration have the contagious and self-perpetuating positive factors of the plagues of prior centuries.
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6 Snow knew that the Broad Street pump provided water from the Southwark and Lambeth Company, a company that took its water from lower in the Thames River than any other commercial water supplier in the area—amd whose pumps had more opportunity to pick up contaminants from all the sewers that emptied into the Thames River above it. John Snow’s simple map marks the birth of the modern science of epidemiology and provides an elegant example of the emerging power of epidemiological methods and reasoning.
While the public is exposed to the spectacle of our vast criminal justice system daily A Different Kind of Epidemic 49 via constant exploitation in the media—with scores of TV shows about crime and punishment aired each week—we by and large maintain the ability to look the other way, actively evading any moral responsibility for this system’s existence. Perhaps that is because the story is almost always about “public safety,” protecting us and our families, not the far more consequential and damaging epidemic of punishment we sponsor.
S. epidemic in its first decade, followed by a stabilization between 1990 and 1997, as deaths equaled new infections. In 1996 effective antiretroviral medications became widely available and death rates declined sharply, even as the number of infected grew. There continued to be 50,000 to 60,000 new HIV infections per year, so the total number of people living with HIV/AIDS resumed its climb. 3 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and over 600,000 have died. htm#hivest (2009–2010 data based on estimates).
A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America by Ernest Drucker