The House I Live By Eugene Jarecki

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“In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive,” declares President Nixon during a 1971 press conference, which the press immediately designates the “war on drugs”. The House I Live In is a superb film detailing Eugene Jarecki’s journey on an in-depth and all-encompassing view of the war on drugs, and the immense destruction left in its wake. It is necessary to gain a better understanding of how the war on drugs is significant to a 40-year class based destruction, failure of existing drug policies and drug elimination, and the ways fear plays a starring role in the genesis of drug’s criminalization.
Eugene Jarecki opens the film by introducing us to Nannie Jeter, who worked for Jarecki’s family as he grew up. She describes the impact that losing her son to drugs has, as well as, other members of her family with comparable losses. This impetus gives Jarecki the motivation he needs to discover why America’s 40-year long “war on drugs” is a complete failure. Jarecki shows its beginnings with Nixon declaring drugs to be “public enemy number one” in 1971. Then, as Reagan creates legislation requiring judges to sentence offenders with mandatory minimums (which are anything but minimum in length). Jarecki interviews people from across-the-board, including a prison guard, doctor, a US federal judge, police officers, prisoners, addicts, drug dealers, family members of the convicted, and professors to get their view on it all. All
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