The War on Drugs has gone on for too long with little effect.
Eugene Jarecki, director of The House I Live In, a Sundance favorite has created the short film, “Say No To The War On Drugs” in an effort to encourage Congress to create The Bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act.
The bipartisan act will save taxpayer dollars, reduce the number of overcrowding prisons and encourage lawmakers to revamp the minimum sentencing of non-violent drug offenders.
Mandatory minimums help drive America’s unsustainably large prison population of over 2.3 million people. The U.S. has only 5% of the world’s population yet holds 25% of its prisoners, many of them nonviolent, often serving longer sentences than those convicted of rape and murder. This is not only senseless and unjust; it wastes valuable resources that could be better spent by law enforcement to prevent violent crime.
The House I Live In, executively produced by John Legend, Brad Pitt, and Russell Simmons goes into a thorough look at the country’s long lasting war on drugs and how it has effected the youth of America and the U.S criminal justice system.
To learn more about The House I Live and The Better Sentencing Act check out the film’s site here.
To sign the petition for Congress to consider the Act, sign here.
VIDEO CREDIT: Eugene Jarecki