The house i live in

Hearing his sentence of 40 years for using crack, a young offender says flatly, "I messed up.

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Jarecki's film makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs, using street footage, prison footage and the closer-to-home story of Nannie Jeter, the Jarecki family's longtime housekeeper, whose own son was arrested. The only rich people who get busted are in show business.

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The drug war in America has helped establish the largest prison-industrial system in the world, contributing to the incarceration of 2.

Although pot and crack use results in mostly black arrests, low-income white areas are showing a dramatic growth in arrests for the manufacture and use of crystal meth.

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After all, it's all cocaine. The libertarian argument is that if you decriminalize drugs, as some European countries have found, you remove the profit motive, and drug use falls.

The sad thing is that white crack users use poor blacks to run the risks for them.

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Many say these prisoners are paying for fear instead of paying for their crime. Advertisement When I wrote, "young offender," did you have a mental image of a black youth? Is drug abuse a victimless crime? The sad thing is that white crack users use poor blacks to run the risks for them. At this pivotal moment, the film promotes public awareness of the problem while encouraging new and innovative pathways to domestic drug policy reform. MORE The film recognizes drug abuse as a matter of public health, and investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have resulted from framing it as an issue for law enforcement. In poor, jobless neighborhoods, selling drugs is often the only "easy" way to make money. Why is this so? Thanks to mandatory minimum sentencing, a small offense can put a nonviolent offender behind bars for decades — or even life. At a time of heightened fiscal instability, the drug war is also seen as economically unsustainable. Could it be that black men dealing crack on street corners are easy pickings for police patrols, but white offenders in affluent suburbs and Wall Street financial firms are not so easy to nab? Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever. If we were to expand the War on Drugs to reach into affluent neighborhoods, fashionable clubs, board rooms, movie studios and yacht harbors, how well do you think that would go over? Libertarians such as Ron Paul argue that what you put into your body is your business. Yes, 90 percent of those arrested for using crack are black, although only 13 percent of the nation's crack users are black.

If we see even one rich, white executive locked up for several years for smoking pot or inhaling cocaine, that'll be the day.

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