This is a fascinating documentary about the War on Drugs. Topics explored include the risks that prohibition poses to freedom, and the tragedy of addicts being treated as criminals. In the four decades since the War on Drugs commenced, over 45 millions of addicts have been arrested – and for each one jailed, another family is destroyed. Meanwhile, the prisons in America are growing overcrowded with non-violent criminals, and illegal drugs are still being sold in schoolyards. By examining just where it all went wrong, Jarecki, the director, reveals that a solution is possible if we can just find it in ourselves to be compassionate, and see past the decades of paranoia and propaganda. -Rotten Tomatoes Movie Review Site
As criminal defense attorneys we are passionate about defending our clients and about smarter solutions to help people through drug problems instead of locking them up in hopes that they and their problems will go away. We’ve represented too many people who have multiple drug and prison arrests who get out of incarceration and are promptly rearrested because there isn’t enough support for them to lead regular productive lives. We’re hopefully that this documentary will shed some light on the problems with the “war on drugs” for people outside of the criminal justice field.
- On September 4, 2012