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DVD review: 'House' finds casualties of Drug War

Published July 2, 2013 3:17 pm

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Grade • B+

DVD • The "War on Drugs" is into its fifth decade now, and filmmaker Eugene Jarecki poses this question in the powerful documentary "The House I Live In": What do we have to show for it? The disquieting answer: More people in prison (a disproportionate number of them African-American), a criminal justice system weighted toward easy arrests and convictions rather than going after the big fish, and as many drugs on the street now as in 1971, when Richard Nixon launched this so-called "war."

Jarecki lays out the policy implications in stark human terms, interviewing both experts and those caught up the daily struggles that 42 years of U.S. drug policy has wrought. —

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