The House I Live in Essay

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| The House I Live In | A Theoretical Review | | Sandra Sell | 10/28/2014 | A written review of the 2013 documentary, The House I Live In, from a student’s perspective on the social and legal systems in today’s society. | The House I Live In is a documentary based on the war on drugs in the United States and the systems that have been put into play by the criminal justice and the lawmakers in this country. The film portrays not only those involved in the criminal justice system and how the war on drugs affects them, but also those who are or have been convicted of drug or drug related offenses and their families and communities. (EugeneJarecki, 2013) Was the war on drugs in the United States designed to help crack down on drugs and drug related crimes across the entire country? Or were certain demographic areas and groups of people targeted as a whole in this war on drugs? As in any war, there are always two parties involved. In the war on drugs there are those whose job it is to enforce the laws and to protect the communities across this country, and there are those who are using, dealing or distributing drugs throughout the United States. The war on drugs in the United States has lasted now for over forty years, with an estimated cost of over $1 trillion dollars and has led to over 45 million arrests making the United States the world’s largest jailer. However, today drugs are more readily available and in a purer form, yet seem to be more cost effective to those who use (EugeneJarecki, 2013). This documentary looked at the perspective of how the war on drugs seemed to cause more harm than good to today’s society. How such harsh drug penalties seem to be doing less and less of what it was originally designed to achieve. Richard Nixon was the first president to declare war on drugs; he stated that public enemy number one was drug abuse.

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