The House I Live In


Filmed in more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, it offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, laying bare its ominous inner workings and profound human rights implications. While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that turned a matter of public health into a criminal justice opportunity, earning the United States the dubious distinction of being the world’s leading jailer and giving rise to a vast industry of mass incarceration that feeds upon the lives of poor and minority Americans. Digging deeper, the film examines how political and economic corruption over forty years have perpetuated the War on Drugs despite persistent and recurring evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing?

1. CRACK  Experts discuss the hysteria behind the crack-cocaine epidemic in the 1980s.

2. LEX  An inside view of Lexington Correctional Center in Oklahoma.

3. MIAMI  David Simon explains how the Drug War has caused unintended consequences detrimental to the police.

4. PIC  A glimpse into the world of the Prison Industrial Complex. Private interests deeply invested in the Drug War gather for a convention in Tampa, FL.

Adult     1:48:45 min.     2012     DVD-8455


Overcrowding  3:29 minutes
Self Soothing 2:23 minutes
Private Prisons 2:51 minutes
Jury Nullified 2:13 minutes
Work Defines Us  2:22 minutes
Trailer  2:25 minutes

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Item #: DVD-8455