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  • Joseph Leibrandt
    The House I Live In Trailer (2:17) Clip ( 3:22) Clip 2 (1:29) Clip 3 (1:30) * The Film * Select Clips * Drug Quiz * U.S. Drug Policy Timeline * Talkback Share
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      The House I Live In

      Trailer (2:17)

      Clip ( 3:22)

      Clip 2 (1:29)

      Clip 3 (1:30)
      * The Film
      * Select Clips
      * Drug Quiz
      * U.S. Drug Policy Timeline
      * Talkback
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      About the Film
      For the past 40 years, the war on drugs has resulted in more than 45
      million arrests, $1 trillion dollars in government spending, and
      America’s role as the world’s largest jailer. Yet for all that, drugs
      are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever. Filmed in more than
      twenty states, The House I Live In captures
      heart-wrenching stories of those on the front lines — from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate
      to the federal judge — and offers a penetrating look at the profound
      human rights implications of America’s longest war.
      The film recognizes drug abuse as a matter of public health, and
      investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have resulted from
      framing it as an issue for law enforcement. It also examines how
      political and financial corruption has fueled the war on drugs, despite
      persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures. The
      drug war in America has helped establish the largest prison-industrial
      system in the world, contributing to the incarceration of 2.3 million
      men and women and is responsible for untold collateral damage to the
      lives of countless individuals and families, with a particularly
      destructive impact on black America.
      “It’d be one thing if it was draconian and it worked. But it’s
      draconian and it doesn’t work. It just leads to more,” says David Simon, creator of the HBO series, The Wire.
      Instead of questioning a campaign of such epic cost and failure,
      those in public office generally advocate for harsher penalties for drug offenses, lest they be perceived as soft on crime. Thanks to mandatory
      minimum sentencing, a small offense can put a nonviolent offender behind bars for decades — or even life. Many say these prisoners are paying
      for fear instead of paying for their crime.
      “If you stand in a federal court, you’re watching poor and uneducated people being fed into a machine like meat to make sausage. It’s just
      bang, bang, bang, bang. Next!” says journalist Charles Bowden.
      But there’s a growing recognition among those on all sides that the
      war on drugs is a failure. At a time of heightened fiscal instability,
      the drug war is also seen as economically unsustainable. Beyond its
      human cost at home, the unprecedented violence in Mexico provides a
      daily reminder of the war’s immense impact abroad, and America has at
      last begun to take the first meaningful steps toward reform. At this
      pivotal moment, the film promotes public awareness of the problem while
      encouraging new and innovative pathways to domestic drug policy reform.



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      From: Bruce Cohen <brucedcohen2002@...>
      To: westcoastlibertarians@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, April 8, 2013 12:53 PM
      Subject: Re: [West Coast Libertarians] The House I Live In


       
      What is it?

      --- On Mon, 4/8/13, Joseph Leibrandt <josephleibrandt@...> wrote:

      From: Joseph Leibrandt <josephleibrandt@...>
      Subject: [West Coast Libertarians] The House I Live In
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      Date: Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:48 PM

       

      Premieres tonight on PBS:

      http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/house-i-live-in/

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