A new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, The House I Live In pinpoints five essential aspects of the prison industrial complex as it revolves around America’s 40 year failed War on Drugs.
After 40 years, $1 trillion dollars spent and 45 million arrests, the War on Drugs has nothing to show, other than a corrupt capitalist system, outrageous life-ending mandatory sentences, destroyed families, wrecked communities and the imprisonment of disproportionally poor people in jail for small amounts of drugs.
Throughout the drug war’s 40-year history, nothing has been done to stem the flow of illegal drugs. Instead, they have become stronger and more attainable than ever before.
The House I Live In is a powerful film that touches on all aspects of the failed drug war. It’s a must see. Take a look at five exclusive clips from the film below.
The destructive impact of drug laws, featuring David Simon:
African Americans are disproportionally represented in the War on Drugs:
Making rational decisions in a limited economy:
Prison Guard Mike Carpenter talks about the severity of drug laws:
Profiting from the War on Drugs:
The House I Live In is in theaters in selected cities. If you would like more information on the film, visit thehouseilivein.org, follow them on Twitter @Drugwarmovie and check them out on Facebook @DrugWarMovie