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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
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5 October 2012 (USA) See more »
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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A Moving and Informative Introduction to the Untold Story of the Drug War See more (24 total) »


  (Credited cast)

Eugene Jarecki ... Himself - Narrator / Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Alexander ... Herself - Author, The New Jim Crow
Mark W. Bennett ... Himself - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)

Joe Biden ... Himself (archive footage) (as Joseph Biden)
Michael Bien ... Himself - Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Bowden ... Himself - Investigative Reporter
Mike Carpenter ... Himself - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
Betty Chism ... Herself - Kevin's mother
Michael Correa ... Himself
Michael Correia ... Himself - Commanding Officer, Narcotics (as Lt. Michael Correia)
Eric Franklin ... Himself - Lexington Corrections Center (as Warden Eric Franklin)
Glendon Goldsboro ... Himself - Providence Police (as Lt. Glendon Goldsboro)
Maurice Haltiwanger ... Himself - ID# 03678-029
Carl Hart ... Himself, associate professor of psychology, Columbia University
Elzie Hooks ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Nannie Jeter ... Herself
Anthony Johnson ... Himself
Kecia Johnson ... Herself - Anthony's mother
Larry Kastner ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Jonathan Kaufman ... Himself - The Wall Street Journal
David Kennedy ... Himself - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Bernard Kerik ... Himself - Fmr. NYC Police Commissioner
Gabor Mate ... Himself - Physician, Addiction Expert (as Dr. Gabor Maté)
Mark Mauer ... Himself
Jim K. McGough ... Himself, Maurice Haltiwanger's defense attorney
Richard Lawrence Miller ... Himself, historian (as Richard Miller)

Charles Ogletree ... Himself - Harvard University (as Prof. Charles J. Ogletree)
Kevin Ott ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
John Pacht ... Himself - Anthony's Lawyer
Susan Randall ... Herself - Private Investigator

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (archive footage)

David Simon ... Himself, journalist
David Steele ... Himself, instructor, Lexington Correctional Center
Julie Stewart ... Herself, president, Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Robert Stutman ... Himself (archive footage)
Don Walker ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Dennis Whidbee ... Himself - Anthony's Father
William Walter Wilkins ... Himself - Chairman, U.S. Sentencing Commission (1985-94) (as Hon. William W. Wilkins Jr.)

Julius Wilson ... Himself
Robert Wilson ... Himself
Fabio Zuena ... Himself - Providence Narcotics
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USA:108 min
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Moving and Informative Introduction to the Untold Story of the Drug War, 17 April 2013
Author: Sourik Beltran from St. Louis, MO

The House I Live In takes the complex issue of the failed war on drugs and breaks it down to a level that is both digestible and striking nonetheless. The film provides substantial historical evidence to make a powerful argument against the American war on drugs. The House I Live In exposes the many flaws of current anti-drug policies and strategies from a multitude of perspectives, drawing from historians and academics to front- of-the-line law enforcement and correctional officers alike. The film brilliantly ties these perspectives in a way that can effectively inspire viewers from all backgrounds to take a stand in confronting this largely unrecognized national issue.

The film provides an impressively broad set of data and evidence that cohesively screams one message—the war on drugs is a failure to the American public. As the first film focused solely on the subject, The House I Live In is undoubtedly one of the decade's most important films.

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