The House I Live In

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This documentary about the 40-year so-called War on Drugs is so one-sided and unrelenting it makes you feel sorry for the dealers and addicts who are shown crossing paths with the law. Unless you’re Nancy Reagan or a particularly punitive straightedge, you’ll likely be convinced that this is a war that’s too costly, too destructive, and too stupid to go on. The doc offers multiple angles

regarding why our drug-policy system is not only unjust but arguably

ridiculous. The most powerful reasoning against criminalization is that it creates a never-ending cycle: Impoverished users -- or simply

the impoverished -- sell to make ends meet. Their kids mimic their

lifestyle, or grow up without parents because they’ve been jailed. The kids end up in jail. The inmates receive punishment instead of

rehabilitation, going back to their habits when (or if) they get out.

And on and on. According to David Simon, creator of The Wire, criminalization is akin to Nazism, with stats supporting that it punishes significantly more minorities than Caucasians: “[It’s] a Holocaust in slow motion.” (TO)