New PDF release: A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration

By Ernest Drucker

ISBN-10: 1595586059

ISBN-13: 9781595586056

Whilst Dr. John Snow first traced a deadly disease of cholera to a water pump within the Soho district of London in 1854, the sphere of epidemiology was once born. Taking a similar public health and wellbeing techniques 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 remarkable point of imprisonment has develop into an epidemic—a plague upon our physique politic.

Drucker, an across the world famous public future health pupil and Soros Justice Fellow, spent two decades treating drug dependancy and one other twenty learning AIDS in a number of the poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and around the world. 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 goals, 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 unparalleled premiums of incarceration have the contagious and self-perpetuating positive factors of the plagues of earlier centuries.

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Because of their potential for wide dispersal, concern is greatest for microbes that spread rapidly from person to person. A microbial threat may be introduced intentionally—as in bioterrorism—or unintentionally. , microbial toxins). S. ports of entry who are reasonably believed to be carrying a communicable disease of public health significance. The federal authority vested in DGMQ to order the medical evaluation of such individuals can supersede the public health powers of states and localities under specific circumstances.

S. ports simultaneously. 12 QUARANTINE STATIONS AT PORTS OF ENTRY In developing its surge-capacity plans, the Core should collaborate with relevant state and local authorities, many of whom may have already developed emergency response plans for their respective jurisdictions. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Research The committee found that most practices of the quarantine stations and their surrogates lack a scientific basis. Indeed, much of the practice of detecting infections and controlling outbreaks of disease in the context of the Quarantine Network is based on experience and tradition.

Online] Available: http://lhncbc. html [accessed January 10, 2005]. OMB (Office of Management and Budget, The Executive Office of the President of the United States). 2004. S. Government, Fiscal Year 2005. html [accessed December 9, 2004]. S. Congress, House of Representatives, Committee of Conference. 2004. R. 4818. , 2nd Sess. Report 108-792. November 20, 2004. S. S. ports of entry and the nature of their relationships with other organizations. Most of the available information is qualitative in nature, deriving from direct observation and interviews.

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