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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

On the Long Road to Mass Incarceration: A Genealogy of Public Health, Public Safety, and Racial Containment Policies

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD
Director of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


Elders Behind Bars

Soffiyah Elijah
Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York


Mass Incarceration from a Public Health Law Research Perspective

Scott Burris, JD
Professor of Law at Temple University
Director of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Practice
Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Law Research program


Assessing the Burden of Crime and the Criminal Sanction:
A Public Health Perspective on Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

Jeremy Travis, JD, MPA
President of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Self-Harm and Solitary Confinement in the New York City Jail System

Homer 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
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University


Reducing Racial Disparity in U.S. Sentencing Policies and Incarceration

Marc Mauer, MSW
Executive Director of the Sentencing Project


Cultivating Rage in the U.S. Inner City:  An Anthropological Perspective on Incarceration and 'Welfare Reform'

Philippe Bourgois, PhD
Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family & Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress

Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress

Becky Pettit, PhD
Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington


Mass Incarceration a Public Health Catastrophe

Mass Incarceration: A Public Health Catastrophe

Ernest Drucker, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health