5 RESOURCES: Summary of Blog Posts on From Punishment To Public Health

From Punishment to Public Health: Our Next Social Justice Topic Series 
By Morgane Richardson

In this series we will explore how public health might offer a more humane and just approach to social ills than the current approach that is based on criminalization. Through a variety of knowledge streams (e.g., podcasts, data visualizations, and blog posts) we will host a month-long conversation between academics, activists and journalists about the shift from punishment to public health and if that moves us closer to a more just society.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/11/21/punishment-to-public-health-series-intro/

Challenging Punishment: From Mass Incarceration to Public Health, Human Rights, and Restorative Justice
By Ernie Drucker

Positive changes in drug polices are gaining new momentum in the US , with more state undertaking marijuana’s legalization. But reducing the length and frequency of drug-related incarceration going forward, however welcome, wont do anything about the large population of drug users already stuck in our prisons and the post prison correctional control over the lives of millions more. We must consider ways to remove most prisoners from the strangle hold of the criminal justice system.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/11/22/challenging-punishment-mass-incarceration-public-health-human-rights-restorative-justice/

Special Interview with Alondra Nelson on Criminalization and Public Health
By Heidi Knoblach

In this interview, we ask Alondra Nelson (Professor of Sociology and Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University) about her experience entering spaces more commonly trodden by activists, what role she thinks stigma has in criminalization and public health, and the problems she sees with medicalizing behavior.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/11/26/special-interview-alondra-nelson-criminalization-public-health/


Data Advocacy: Visualizations For Promoting Change

By Wilneida Negron

Data visualizations can tell a clear concise story about why an issue is important and why change is needed. So, they are ideal tools for fostering greater awareness and supporting advocacy efforts.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/11/27/data-advocacy/

Special Interview with gabriel sayegh on Municipal Drug Strategies
By Heidi Knoblauch

This week we interviewed gabriel sayegh, the director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s New York policy office. In this interview, we talk about municipal drug strategies in Canada and Europe and explore opportunities for New York to implement these types of municipal-drug strategies.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/02/special-interview-gabriel-sayegh-municipal-drug-strategies/

Women in Prison: Twice as Likely to Have History of Abuse
By Alice Cini and Stephanie Hubbard

While many of the demographics for women in prison parallel those of men – that is, they are disproportionately black and poor – a closer look reveals another story.  Women bring a gendered life experience with them to incarceration.  And, being gendered ‘woman’ in this society often means a series of difficult life circumstances and hardships, like physical or sexual abuse in childhood or as an adult.  Incarceration places the additional burdens of isolation, humiliation, and systemic marginalization to these gendered life experiences.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/03/formerly-incarcerated-women-abuse/

Criminalization, Unemployment and Health: Kai Wright, William Gallo and Glenn E. Martin in Conversation
By Jessie Daniels

In our ongoing effort to curate conversations between journalists, academics and activists around social justice issues for broad audiences, we partnered with TechChange and invited Kai Wright, Professor William Gallo and Glenn E. Martin to have a conversation about the connections between criminalization, unemployment and health, moderated by JustPublics@365 Digital Fellow Heidi Knoblauch.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/04/criminalizationunemploymentandhealth/

Special Interview with Eric Cadora on Mapping, Criminalization, and Public Health
By Heidi Knoblauch

We had the opportunity to interview Eric Cadora, the founder of the Justice Mapping Center. In this interview, we talk about Mapping, Criminalization and Public Health.
URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/05/eric_cadora/

Mapping Social Inequities: Using Evernote for Evidence-Gathering
By Wilneida Negron

This post explores how Evernote 5 can be used as a free and powerful evidence-gathering digital tool for highlighting social inequities. Evernote 5 is available for free for both Mac and recently released for Windows.
URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/05/mappingsocialinequities/

Reframing Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue
 By Jessie Daniels

Currently, our response to guns and gun policy is one that oscillates between a punitive criminalization of some gun owners and a staunch, Second Amendment defense of other gun owners.  How might society be changed if our approach to guns and gun violence were reframed as a public health issue, like seat belts or smoking?

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/09/gun-violence-public-health-issue/

 Data on Gun Ownership: Hard to Find
By Candace McCoy Professor, John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Knowing how many guns are available in the USA today, where they are located, and who own them is practically impossible under current law.  The best we can do in estimating data on gun ownership is to take data from individual states and cities that require every sale or gift of a gun to be recorded, and aggregate these datasets.  At best, these describe local conditions only, not national patterns.
URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/09/data-gun-ownership/

Special Interview with Ernie Drucker
By Heidi Knoblauch

Ernest Drucker is an epidemiologist at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, a Scholar in Residence at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and author of the 2011 book, A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in NY State and conducts research in AIDS, drug policy, and prisons and is active in public health and human rights efforts in the US and abroad.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/10/special-interview-ernie-drucker/

Understanding Gun Violence in New York City: 10 Charts to Get You Started
By Wilneida Negron

Recently, the NYPD released a an interactive Crime Map that allows you to see the instances of crimes as a heat map shaded by precinct when viewed zoomed out, and by graduated points when zoomed in. Using data and charts from the Neighborhood Crime and Drug Project, directed by John Jay Faculty in the Department of Anthropology, Ric CurtisJosh Eichenbaum, and Ernest Drucker, we decided to explore the more neighborhood and personal experiences with guns in New York City.

http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/11/gun-violence-in-new-york-city/

Guns and Suicide: A Public Health Crisis
By Alice Cini

Despite President Obama’s reversal earlier this year of the NRA-sponsored amendment that barred the CDC from studying the causes and prevention of gun violence, researchers are still unable to answer many key questions such as the number and distribution of weapons across the country – slowing down prospects for life-saving policy reform.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/12/guns-suicide-public-health-crisis/

The Interrupters: Public Health and Violence
By Morgane Richardson

In 2011, Steve James released a documentary, The Interrupters, to capture the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of “violence interrupters,” activists working in the tradition of non-violence to interrupt confrontations before they become violent. This documentary tells the story of three activists working to protect their Chicago community from the violence they once created.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/16/interrupters-public-health-violence/

Using Infographics to Shift the Debate on Gun Violence
By Jessie Daniels

In many ways, gun violence is the best example of how our criminalization has not solved a problem that seriously harms peoples’ health. As previous posts here have noted, the data on gun ownership and gun violence can be daunting. Infographics can help clarify what the patterns are, and what the harm to health really is.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/17/using-infographics-shift-debate-gun-violence/

Journalism as Activism for Families Separated by Incarceration
By Sandeep Junnarkar, Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

While statistics and political attitudes about incarceration rates in America are closely tracked, the human stories of prisoner families—like Ms. Coleman’s—are virtually unknown to mainstream Americans because this exploding yet unaccounted population is viewed with suspicion and rejected as guilty by association.
URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/12/20/journalism-as-activism/

Interview: Digital Media Activist István Gábor Takács
By Jessie Daniels

In our on-going series “Punishment to Public Health,” we interviewed István Gábor Takács who is the Video Program Director with the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU).  Takács makes award-winning advocacy videos.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2014/01/23/interview-digital-media-activist-istvan-gabor-takacs/

Special Interview with Rebecca Tiger
By Heidi Knoblauch

Rebecca Tiger is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College. Her first book, Judging Addicts: Drug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System, examines the re-emergence of rehabilitation in the criminal justice system by focusing on the medicalized theories of addiction that advocates of drug courts use to bolster criminal justice oversight of defendants.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2014/01/24/special-interview-rebecca-tiger/

Punishment to Public Health: Bringing it All Together
By Jessie Daniels

Over the last couple of months, we’ve highlighted the ways scholars, activists and journalists work to further social justice by shifting the public policy framework from one of “punishment” to “public health,” or P2PH. As we’ve shown, the research is clear that our policy of mass incarceration of the past 30 years damages our society.  Today, we bring it all together.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2014/02/03/punishment-public-health-guide/

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