A new book titled Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health written by epidemiologist Ernest Drucker goes on sale on February 20. This book examines the problems of mass incarceration in America and proffers three tiers of solutions to curbing the phenomenon. It addresses this problem from a public health perspective.
Author of A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America, Drucker offers primary, secondary and tertiary solutions to depopulating American prisons and developing successful reentry programs. Each of these interventions is covered under three main sections.
Section One: Prominent Authorities Offer Primary Intervention to Mass Incarceration
Citing several postulations advanced by prominent leaders of industry, Drucker examines what should be done to reduce the rate of mass incarceration in the US. Some of the authorities who offered workable solutions on how to reduce prison sentencing and imprisonment include:
- Leading criminologists
- Public defenders
- Grassroot organizers
- A federal judge
Apart from making it impossible for droves of offenders to be committed to prison, the book also analyzes public safety in the light of lower incarcerations.
Section Two: Reputable Public Officers Address Secondary Solutions to Helping Prison Loved Ones
In the second section of the book, the author analyzes how prison loved ones could be assisted one way or the other. It is common knowledge that families and relatives suffer terribly when loved ones are incarcerated.
Drucker in this section reviewed the works of children advocates and leaders in the health services for helping prison loved ones.
To this extent, public officers such as Common Justice’s Executive Director Danielle Sered advise that crimes be rationalized so as to reduce corresponding punishments. For example, crimes committed must be viewed from the perspective of poverty and inequality.
Several reforms are also advanced towards helping dependents to cope with the absence of a loved one during incarceration.
Section Three: Experts Proffer Secondary Help For Successful Re-Entry Programs
Author Ernest Drucker in this final section of his book examines the justifications of some lawmakers to address public safety concerns where re-entry programs are concerned.
For instance, experts solicit for ways to reduce mass incarceration, but they balance this against the fact that released inmates could constitute security risks to the society.
To this end, the third section of Drucker’s book offers tertiary help for dealing with the concerns associated with re-entry programs for released prisoners.
Legal experts advise that prison inmates and former prisoners should be consulted to weigh in on how to make the society safer with reduced prison sentences for offenders.
Decarcerating America is recommended for social service workers, healthcare professionals, and criminal justice experts among others within the general public.