Many of the factors in people's lives that create vulnerability to imprisonment are also key public health issues: early child development; environmental, socio-economic, mental and physical health; homelessness; drug abuse; violence; and others. Our school has committed to leading innovative analysis to understand this complex web of causes in new ways and to identify more effective approaches to prevention of incarceration along these pathways.
The Incarceration Prevention Initiative at the Mailman School brings together a diverse group of scholars, clinicians, criminal justice officials, and policy advocates—each of whom provides a unique perspective on incarceration as a significant social and public heath phenomenon, including its history, conceptual foundations, relationship to crime, and consequences for public health.
March 27, 2014
On the Long Road to Mass Incarceration: A Genealogy of Public Health, Public Safety, and Racial Containment Policies
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD
Elders Behind Bars
Mass Incarceration from a Public Health Law Research Perspective
Scott Burris, JD
Assessing the Burden of Crime and the Criminal Sanction:
Self-Harm and Solitary Confinement in the New York City Jail SystemHomer Venters, MD, MS
Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of
Correctional Health Services
Medical Director at Rikers Island Jail
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The Consequences of Mass Imprisonment on Inequality: Population Effects on Families, Health, and Children
Chris Wildeman, PhD
Reducing Racial Disparity in U.S. Sentencing Policies and Incarceration
Marc Mauer, MSW
Cultivating Rage in the U.S. Inner City: An Anthropological Perspective on Incarceration and 'Welfare Reform'
Philippe Bourgois, PhD
Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress
Becky Pettit, PhD
Mass Incarceration: A Public Health Catastrophe
Ernest Drucker, PhD