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A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America


Manufacturer: The New Press

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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. Described as a "towering achievement" (Ira Glasser, former executive director of the ACLU) and "a wake-up call" (Toronto Star), A Plague of Prisons takes the same concepts and tools of public health that have successfully tracked epidemics of flu, tuberculosis, and AIDS to make the case that our current unprecedented level of imprisonment has become a plague upon our body politic that undermines the families and communities it targets, damaging the very social structures that prevent crime.
'Shifting the paradigm of how we think about punishment, A Plague of Prisons offers a new perspective on criminal justice in twenty-first-century America that "could help to shame the U.S. public into demanding remedial action" (The Lancet).'

Ernest Drucker. The New Press, 2013.

Product Code: 9781595588791

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