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New Book by SNRG member Ernest Drucker

“Ernie Drucker has long been a leader in new ways of thinking about issues of crime and drugs. He’s helped us to imagine a true public health approach to these problems.” —MARC MAUR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE SENTENCING PROJECT

In his new book, A Plague of Prisons, Ernest Drucker argues that imprisonment—originally conceived as a response to individuals’ crimes—has become “mass incarceration”: a destabilizing force that undermines the families and communities it targets, damaging the very social structures that prevent crime. This book demonstrates that our unprecedented rates of incarceration have the contagious and self-perpetuating features of the plagues of previous centuries.