The Village Voice has a great article this week profiling the work of Eric Cadora, a researcher at the After-Prison Initiative. Cadora makes maps that show which communities produce the most prisoners-- initially, he mapped Brooklyn, and then expanded his project to other parts of the country. Not surprisingly, his work shows that the poorest neighborhoods in the city tend to produce the most convicts-- in the map at the left, blocks that produce more than $1 million in incarceration costs (at $50k per year, that would be about 20 prisoners), show up in dark red. Imagine if the city spent that much money on social services for the block, instead of incarceration-- $1m could buy a lot of books for an after-school program, or pay a lot of social workers at a jobs-training initiative. [More on Cadora's work can be found at the Prisoner of the Census site, which also has this interesting map showing the explosion in American incarceration rates over the last 100 years. Even more Cadora maps can be found in this gigantic PDF-- although it takes awhile to load.]