"A towering achievement, A Plague of Prisons does something rare and valuable: it provides a new way of looking at, thinking about, and analyzing old and familiar data, thereby creating fresh insights into and understanding of a social catastrophe."
-- Ira Glasser, former Executive Director of the ACLU
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. Taking the same concepts and tools of public health that have successfully tracked epidemics of flu, tuberculosis, and AIDS over the intervening 150 years, Ernest Drucker makes the case that our current unprecedented level of imprisonment has become an epidemic -- a plague upon our body politic.
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