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The House I Live In

For 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests and made America the world’s largest jailer and damaged poor communities globally. THE HOUSE I LIVE IN tells the stories of people from all levels of America’s drug war.

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Year: 2012
Time: 108 min

 The House I Live In
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Share this film. Give others the chance to learn about Americas war on drugs.

Go to The House I Live In and enter your zip code in the Community Action section to find out how to take direct action in your area.

Visit Support Dont Punish for ways to get involved in the international drug awareness campaign.

Urge your senators to support the Smarter Sentencing Act, which reforms mandatory sentencing policies.

Learn how to become a Federal Activist, pressing the government to instigate essential changes to outdated laws. You can find an activist toolkit at Drug Policy.

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Inside the War on Drugs

“Jarecki uses such personal stories to ask probing questions. Could the ‘war on drugs’ be a different kind of war in disguise? Are American drug laws designed to keep certain segments of the population marginalized?”

After film screening at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a panel discussion took place between 3 individuals involved in the field of law.

Read their impressions.

Stanford Report

“America is at war.  We have been fighting drug abuse for almost a century.  Four Presidents have personally waged war on drugs. Unfortunately, it is a war that we are losing.…”

Read Stanford University’s report on poverty, prejudice and the drug war.

Is the US War on Drugs Racist?

Aljazeera examines a policy that has destroyed communities and put a disproportionate number of African Americans behind bars.


A set of films that shine a light on racial injustice and those who stand against it.

Forbes Magazine says THE HOUSE I LIVE IN is:

“The Most Important Drug War Film You’ll Ever See … because of its ultimate truth and implications for our society.”

End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists

Here are 27 reasons to end the War on Drugs, using data from leading economists.

“The drug war’s failure has been recognized by public health professionals, security experts, human rights authorities and now some of the world’s most respected economists.”

Brad Pitt & Director Eugene Jarecki & America’s War On Drugs

“I could probably land in any city and get you whatever you wanted.… And yet we still support this charade called the drug war. We have spent a trillion dollars. It’s lasted for over 40 years. A lot of people have lost their lives for it. And yet we still talk about it like it’s this success.”

Brad Pitt in an interview with the Huffington Post

Actor Danny Glover Talks War on Drugs

In this radio interview, actor Danny Glover talks with WDET about why he joined Brad Pitt and Russell Simmons in producing THE HOUSE I LIVE IN.

America’s New Drug Policy Landscape

Two-Thirds Favor Treatment, Not Jail, for Use of Heroin, Cocaine

67% of Americans say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. The national survey conducted by Pew Research Center poses many questions about the U.S. drug problem.

Here are the results.


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