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The Lycoming College department of criminal justice-criminology will host a screening of “The House I Live In” on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. The event is free and open to the public.
The 2012 documentary, directed by Eugene Jarecki, won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and was named the top documentary of 2012 by The New York Times.
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.
Filmed in more than 20 states, “The House I Live In” captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, “The House I Live In” examines how political and economic corruption has fueled the war for 40 years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic and practical failures.
“The impact of the War on Drugs has been far-reaching, impacting not just large cities, but smaller ones, like Williamsport, and surrounding areas,” said Kerry Richmond, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice. “It is important for citizens to understand the reality and costs of this war and the limits of law enforcement in alleviating drug use. Our hope is that the screening of ‘The House I Live In’ will begin a needed discussion on alternative solutions to solving the drug problem and reducing the harm it is causing individuals, families and communities.”
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.