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Described as a “towering achievement” (Ira Glasser) and “the clearest and most intelligible case for a reevaluation of how we view incarceration” (Spectrum Culture), A Plague of Prisons offers a cutting-edge perspective on criminal justice in twenty-first-century America that “could help to shame the U.S. public into demanding remedial action” (The Lancet).
"How did America’s addiction to prisons and mass incarceration get its start and how did it spread from state to state? Of the many attempts to answer this question, none make as much sense as the explanation found in [this] book." —Philadelphia Inquirer
"Drucker uses the tools of his trade to examine the laws and their consequences...Treating drug addiction as a public-health problem rather than a crime to be punished would go a long way towards making America’s poor and minority communities stabler and better."
"Wonderfully written and packed with insight."
—Todd Clear, dean of the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice
1 An Epidemiological Riddle 1
2 Cholera in London: The Ghost Maps of Dr. Snow 11
3 AIDS: The Epidemiology of a New Disease 19
4 A Different Kind of Epidemic 37
5 Anatomy of an Outbreak: New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Prison Pump 50
6 Orders of Magnitude: The Relative Impact of Mass Incarceration 68
7 A Self-Sustaining Epidemic: Modes of Reproduction 78
8 Chronic Incapacitation: The Long Tail of Mass Incarceration 108
9 The Contagion of Punishment: Collateral Damage to Children and Families of Prisoners 141
10 Ending Mass Incarceration: A Public Health Model 163