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.

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Eugene Jarecki

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Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John (additional writing)
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Eugene Jarecki ... Self - Narrator / Interviewer
David Simon ... Self - Creator, The Wire
Shanequa Benitez Shanequa Benitez ... Self
William Julius Wilson William Julius Wilson ... Self - Harvard University (as Prof. William Julius Wilson)
Glendon Goldsboro Glendon Goldsboro ... Self - Providence Police (as Lt. Glendon Goldsboro)
Fabio Zuena Fabio Zuena ... Self - Providence Narcotics
David Kennedy David Kennedy ... Self - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Michael Correia Michael Correia ... Self - Commanding Officer, Narcotics (as Lt. Michael Correia)
Charles Bowden Charles Bowden ... Self - Investigative Reporter
Gabor Maté Gabor Maté ... Self - Physician, Addiction Expert (as Dr. Gabor Maté)
Mark W. Bennett Mark W. Bennett ... Self - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)
Maurice Haltiwanger Maurice Haltiwanger ... Self - ID# 03678-029
Jim K. McGough Jim K. McGough ... Self - Maurice's Lawyer (as Jim McGough)
Eric Franklin Eric Franklin ... Self - Lexington Corrections Center (as Warden Eric Franklin)
Mike Carpenter Mike Carpenter ... Self - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
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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.

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An inside look at America's longest war. See more »

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Herself - Author, The New Jim Crow: You know, in any war, you've got to have an enemy, and when you think about impact, particularly on poor people of color, there are more African-Americans under correctional control today in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. And that's something we haven't been willing to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, "what's really going on?"
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IF I DIDN'T CARE
Written by Jack Lawrence
Published by Range Road Music, Inc. / Chappell & Co., Inc.
Performed by The Ink Spots (as The Inkspots)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
under license From Universal Music Enterprises
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Mama Tried
13 July 2013 | by valis1949See all my reviews

THE HOUSE I LIVE IN (dir. Eugene Jarecki)

America has more of its citizens behind bars than in any other nation on the planet, and we presently have more Blacks incarcerated than were slaves in the Confederate States of America during the 1850's. And, America's misguided approach to the issue of illegal drugs is the single most important reason why so many of us are in prison.

These are only a couple of startling revelations from Eugene Jarecki's riveting documentary about America's terribly misguided War On Drugs. Clearly we have chosen to solve a health issue by creating a ridiculous legal and political policy based on an oxymoron called, 'the criminal justice system'. Racial scapegoating and a system based on 'prisons for profit' have allowed us to spend billions, yet more people use illegal drugs today than when the drug war first began. And, the quality of these drugs is infinitely superior.

No one, not the authorities or the criminals, seem to be satisfied with the status quo, and readily admit that the whole affair is an abject failure. But, the film shows how this suicidal social policy remains locked in place with no end in sight. Politicians campaign on making this nation drug free, and addiction rates soar and we can't seem to build jails quickly enough to fill them.

If there was ever a solution that was immeasurably worse than the problem, it is The War On Drugs. ABSOLUTE MUST SEE


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Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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New Haven, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,453, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:

$210,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,159
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