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The House I Live In -- From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. A FilmBuff Presentation.
The House I Live In -- An investigative look at America's war on drugs and its impact on the criminal justice system, with a focus on the experiences of Nannie Jeter, a former employee of filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's family.
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Eugene Jarecki
Christopher St. John (additional writing)
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In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. See more »
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Eugene Jarecki ... Himself, narrator, interviewer (voice)
Nannie Jeter ... Herself
Betty Chism ... Herself
Dennis Whidbee ... Himself
Elzie Hooks ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Robert Wilson ... Himself

David Simon ... Himself, journalist
Michael Correa ... Himself
Gabor Mate ... Himself
Charles Bowden ... Himself
Mark W. Bennet ... Himself, judge, Northern District of Iowa
Maurice Haltiwanger ... Himself
Jim K. McGough ... Himself, Maurice Haltiwanger's defense attorney
Eric Franklin ... Himself, warden, Lexington Correctional Center
Don Walker ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Larry Kastner ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Mike Carpenter ... Himself, chief of security, Lexington Correctional Center
Michelle Alexander ... Herself

Charles Ogletree ... Himself
Anthony Johnson ... Himself
Jonathan Kaufman ... Himself
Mark Mauer ... Himself
David Steele ... Himself, instructor, Lexington Correctional Center
David Kennedy ... Himself
Richard Lawrence Miller ... Himself, historian (as Richard Miller)

Julius Wilson ... Himself
Carl Hart ... Himself, associate professor of psychology, Columbia University

Michael Bien ... Himself
Julie Stewart ... Herself, president, Families Against Mandatory Minimums
William Walter Wilkins ... Himself, federal judge (as William Wilkins)
Kevin Ott ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center

Directed by
Eugene Jarecki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eugene Jarecki 
Christopher St. John  additional writing

Produced by
Roy Ackerman .... executive producer
David Alcaro .... executive producer
Joslyn Barnes .... executive producer
Sam Cullman .... producer
Daniel DiMauro .... archival producer
Kathleen Fournier .... co-producer
Nick Fraser .... executive producer
Danny Glover .... executive producer
Alexandra Johnes .... consulting producer
Shirel Kozak .... co-producer
John Legend .... executive producer
Brad Pitt .... executive producer
Melinda Shopsin .... lead producer
Russell Simmons .... executive producer
Christopher St. John .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Miller 
Cinematography by
Sam Cullman (director of photography)
Derek Hallquist (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Frost 
Production Design by
Joe Posner 
Production Management
Kara Elverson .... production manager
Melinda Shopsin .... post producton supervisor
Sound Department
Eric Di Stefano .... post-audio assistant
Christopher Koch .... sound mixer
Randy Matuszewski .... post-audio assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Boyd .... additional camera
Sam Cullman .... camera operator
Joe di Gennaro .... additional camera
Christopher Frierson .... additional camera
Robert Hatch-Miller .... additional camera
Taylor Krauss .... additional camera
Taylor Krauss .... camera operator
Christopher LI .... additional camera
Joe Posner .... additional camera
Étienne Sauret .... additional camera
David Sperling .... additional camera
Christopher St. John .... additional camera
Rob VanAlkemade .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Simon Barker .... additional editing
Daniel DiMauro .... additional editing
Benjamin Murray .... colorist
Anoosh Tertzakian .... additional editing: first assistant editor
Music Department
John McCullough .... music supervisor
Other crew
Claudia Becker .... key advisor
Joe Beirne .... technical supervisor
Meg Charlton .... researcher
Nora Colie .... researcher
Ben Cortes .... production assistant
Daniel DiMauro .... head researcher
Edward Eglin .... creative consultant
Kara Elverson .... field correspondent
Sophia Figuereo .... production assistant
Kathleen Fournier .... field correspondent
Akil Gibbons .... production assistant
Nora Jaccaud .... creative consultant
Shirel Kozak .... researcher
David Kuhn .... creative consultant
Patrick O'Brien .... researcher
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Melinda Shopsin .... field correspondent
Julia Simpson .... researcher
Christopher St. John .... field correspondent
Christopher St. John .... researcher
Robert Stein .... counsel: e & o
Anoosh Tertzakian .... researcher
Brendan Zoltowski .... production assistant
Mary Clark .... thanks
Andrew Jarecki .... special thanks
Melvin Van Peebles .... thanks

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42 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
"Free" Enterprise at It's Finest, 13 October 2012
Author: zippyflynn2 from Los Angeles, United States

What's really fueling this law and order hysteria and the draconian prison sentences for relatively minor, innocuous and even non-existent "crimes" is the extraordinarily profitable Prison for Profit system. What's interesting and extremely frightening is most Americans are oblivious to it. Combine this with a large number of the public being largely uneducated and on a continual sadistic hunt for scapegoats, those who profiteer on the modern day slave trade have a willing public as unwitting accomplices.

It's interesting the director, Eugene Jarecki, also did "Why We Fight", one of the best documentaries to expose the crimes being committed by the blood money Military Industrial Complex. The public is also largely oblivious to that evil profiteering monster and also happily supports it to the point it thinks murdering and dying for it is a good thing. Jarecki makes some of the most important and enlightening documentaries of today. It's an alarming shame and tragedy that the predominately ignorant and not very mentally healthy general public aren't watching them, let alone able to comprehend how it hurts everyone except the bank accounts of sociopathic "business" men and women.

Perhaps the common denominator is the same fuel that's driving half of the present day voters in the Presidential election: hatred and the eternal search for scapegoats. It would make an excellent documentary to tie these core driving forces together, a task I think Mr. Jarecki is capable of doing well. It probably won't make much of an impact beyond preaching to the choir but then again none of his other fine offerings have fared much better and those are still greatly appreciated by thoughtful and humane audiences.

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