Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health by Ernest DruckerDecarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health by Ernest Drucker

Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health

EditorErnest Drucker

Paper over Board | February 20, 2018

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“A powerful call for reform.”

An all-star team of criminal justice experts present timely, innovative, and humane ways to end mass incarceration

Mass incarceration will end-there is an emerging consensus that we?ve been locking up too many people for too long. But with more than 2.2 million Americans behind bars right now, how do we go about bringing people home? Decarcerating America collects some of the leading thinkers in the criminal justice reform movement to strategize about how to cure America of its epidemic of mass punishment.

With sections on front-end approaches, as well as improving prison conditions and re-entry, the book includes pieces by leaders across the criminal justice reform movement: Danielle Sered of Common Justice describes successful programs for youth with violent offenses; Robin Steinberg of the Bronx Defenders argues for more resources for defense attorneys to diminish plea bargains; Kathy Boudin suggests changes to the parole model; Jeannie Little offers an alternative for mental health and drug addiction issues; and Eric Lotke offers models of new industries to replace the prison economy. Editor Ernest Drucker applies the tools of epidemiology to help us cure what he calls "a plague of prisons."

Decarcerating America will be an indispensable roadmap as the movement to challenge incarceration in America gains critical mass-it shows us how to get people out of prisons, and the more appropriate responses to crime. The ideas presented in this volume are what we are fighting for when we fight against the New Jim Crow.
Ernest Drucker is professor of Global Public Health at New York University's College of Global Public Health; adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University; professor emeritus in the department of family and social medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medici...
Title:Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public HealthFormat:Paper over BoardProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9.4 × 6.2 × 1.2 inShipping dimensions:9.4 × 6.2 × 1.2 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:The New PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1620972786

ISBN - 13:9781620972786


Table of Contents

Natasha Frost and Todd Clear: Community Safety
Michael Romano: Lessons from California
Gabriel Sayegh: Future of Drug Policy
Daniele Sered: Youth with Violent Offenses
Justice Robert Sweet: Role of Judges
Ellen Lagemann: Higher Education in Prison
Homer Venters and Ross MacDonald: Correctional Health Services
Robin Steinberg: Public Defense
Elizabeth Gaynes and Tanya Krupat: Parental Incarceration
Mika Dashman: Restorative Justice
Daliah Heller: Healthcare Reform for Decarceration
Eric Lotke: New Economies for Prison Towns
Deborah Small: Healing
Jeannie Little: Harm Reduction in Drug Policy

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Decarcerating America:“Decarcerating America provides both a useful survey of failures and a set of forward-looking, evidence-driven solutions. It is a welcome addition to a growing field.”—NPR “An urgent anthology suggesting progressive approaches to ending the era of overimprisonment . . . . A unified and hopeful collection that should interest attorneys, activists, and open-minded law enforcement professionals.”—Kirkus Reviews “Passionate, provocative, and well documented, this wide-ranging survey is recommended for students, activists, and policy makers.”—Library Journal