"Using rarely accessible data from the criminal justice system, the Spatial Information Design Lab and the Justice Mapping Center have created maps of these “million dollar blocks” and of the city-prison-city-prison migration flow for five of the nation’s cities. The maps suggest that the criminal justice system has become the predominant government institution in these communities and that public investment in this system has resulted in significant costs to other elements of our civic infrastructure — education, housing, health, and family. Prisons and jails form the distant exostructure of many American cities today."
Million dollar blocks are those where more then a million has been spent on incarcerating residents of that block. This important work begs the question: how could we improve the health of these neighborhoods if we invested a million dollars into community development, jobs, or education ... instead of incarceration? How many public health problems could be solved?
NYC Community Health Survey 2008: Percentage of an onset of asthma in the last year by neighborhood
NYC Community Health Survey 2008: Percentage of population ever been told having diabetes by neighborhood
NYC Community Health Survey 2008: Percentage of uninsured by neighborhood