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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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Release Date:
5 October 2012 (USA) See more »
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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 »
Plot:
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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3 wins See more »
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Good look at the pros and cons of the drug war, it feeds off of class, race, culture and society. See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (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
Christopher St John .... 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
 
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
 
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
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
 
Thanks
Mary Clark .... thanks
Andrew Jarecki .... special thanks
Melvin Van Peebles .... thanks
 

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Good look at the pros and cons of the drug war, it feeds off of class, race, culture and society., 14 November 2012
Author: Danny Blankenship from Petersburg, Virginia

No matter what side of the drug war your on even if you want legalization or the total ban of all drugs, one thing for sure it's an interesting and tough topic that splits many. "The House I Live In" the eye opening new documentary from Eugene Jarecki looks at the many sides of U.S. drug policy and how it interacts and feeds off one another from the street dealer to the narcotics officer to the inmate and federal judge. It's true that the use of illegal drugs has destroyed many countless lives, yet still the media, and political people have overblown the drug problem into a money making business. Making the jobs of law enforcement employees very hard as much of their focus is now on fighting drugs instead of trying to solve more important crimes like murder. And the lock up rate has grown crazy as the U.S. now has 25% of the world's prison population. It's an easy game lock up someone quick and easy for a drug possession crime and spend more tax payer money build more prisons and more lock ups as prison and crime is now a money making machine that makes a job for someone. As evidenced from the correctional officer that was interviewed during this doc.

Even more revealing is how Eugene Jarecki examines the history of drugs and how it's always been more the case that the poor and those that are black will be arrested for drug crimes. It's clear that many that live in a race and culture of downtrodden ridden history and black have simply became a statistical number for law enforcement to arrest. All while politicians on both side profit and get fat from fighting the drug war. Clearly they don't understand they need to stop locking people up for small drug offenses to save prison space for more serious criminals. Overall good doc that questions the way we are handling business in fighting the drug war it's educational and thought provoking no matter what your stance on the drug policy is.

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