The House I Live In

Event Recap

By Claudia Newman-Martin, PCJ Academic Year Fellow, MPP 2015

On February 12th the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) student-led Criminal Justice Student Professional Interest Council (PIC) co-hosted a screening of the film, The House I Live In at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

This event was incredible and well attended and all those who saw the movie commented that they were deeply moved by its contents. A haunting tale of the War on Drugs, The House I Live In describes the history of drug policy in the U.S. tracing its evolution to the current day when the U.S. is incarcerating more people per capita than any other country on earth. The profile of prisoners as young, predominantly black men who turned to illicit trade in drugs due to a lack of proper education and economic opportunity, left viewers with a deep desire to rectify the injustices that abound in America's social and justice policy. Above all else the film highlights the interaction between criminal justice and almost every other field of social policy, particularly education, economics, and community development. 

The Discussion

The writer and director of The House I Live In, Eugene Jarecki, joined prominent Harvard Law School professor, Charles Ogletree, for a discussion on the award-winning documentary.

After a condensed-version screening, Jarecki and Ogletree answered questions from the audience about the human and financial costs of the war on drugs in the United States.

The House I Live In

Event is co-sponsored by:
HKS Criminal Justice PIC

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Discussion between the film's writer and director, Eugene Jarecki, and Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree

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