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

By Ernest Drucker

Whilst Dr. John Snow first traced an endemic of cholera to a water pump within the Soho district of London in 1854, the sector of epidemiology was once born. Taking an analogous public wellbeing and fitness 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 famous public wellbeing and fitness pupil 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 world wide. He
compares mass incarceration to different, well-recognized epidemics utilizing simple public overall healthiness recommendations: “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 develop into mass incarceration: a destabilizing strength that undermines the households and groups it objectives, harmful the very social constructions that hinder crime.

Sure to impress debate, this booklet shifts the paradigm of the way we predict approximately punishment by means of demonstrating that our unparalleled premiums of incarceration have the contagious and self-perpetuating positive aspects of the plagues of earlier centuries.

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It was in the parish church that the vital events in the parishioners’ lives took place and were recorded in the parish registers. Parishioners were married in the parish church, baptised their children there, and were laid to rest in its churchyard. Much of parish life revolved around this church, and the minister and churchwardens would have been familiar figures to everyone, and because the Act for the Better Relief of the Poor of 1662 made poor relief available only to those legally settled in the parish, the churchwardens as overseers of the poor would have known who their parishioners were, and who was a stranger or incomer.

They were told how the university’s vice-chancellor Dr Butts tried to help the infected sick and the poor, giving them money and employing a German physician to minister to the sick in the pest house, and provided bedding and firing from his own purse. 8 Children were told by their grandparents how, when all hope was lost, a letter was read out in all the parish churches in England asking for a collection to be made for the destitute poor of Cambridge, and money poured in from cities, towns and villages.

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