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The House I Live In Documentary Screens Oct. 29


Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands University presents a partial screening of the acclaimed PBS documentary The House I Live In and a panel discussion Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The free screening will be in the theater of the Student Union Building at the northwest corner of National Avenue and 8th Street.

The award-winning The House I Live In has been called the best documentary of 2012 and explores the relationship between America’s 40-year war on drugs and the prison industry. It was filmed in more than 20 U.S. states.

The director for the documentary is Eugene Jarecki, with executive producers including Danny Glover, John Legend, Brad Pitt, and Russell Simmons.

The PBS Independent Lens wrote: “For the last 40 years, the war on drugs has resulted in more than 45 million arrests, $1 trillion in government spending, and America’s role as the world’s largest jailer. The House I Live In captures the heart-wrenching stories of those on the front lines – from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge.”

The Highlands University Office of Academic Enrichment is sponsoring the partial screening and panel discussion for The House I Live In. This semester, the Deviance and Social Control Learning Community at Highlands is studying prisons and related subjects.

“This documentary discusses the high rate of incarceration for drug crime convictions,” said Casey Applegate-Aguilar, assistant coordinator for Academic Enrichment. “It looks at how drug convictions are becoming less race based and more class based, with the poor receiving harsher sentences. This is an important human rights issue.”

The panel for the discussion includes Patrick Snedeker, warden for the San Miguel County Detention Center; Tom Clayton, chief deputy district attorney for the 4th Judicial District and team member for the 4th Judicial District Drug Court Program; Tom Ward, Highlands sociology professor and chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department; and David Silva, local attorney.

“This panel will provide a variety of expert perspectives on this complex topic,” Applegate-Aguilar said.

Some other activities for the Deviance and Social Control Learning Community include reading The Devil’s Butcher Shop: the New Mexico Prison Uprising about the deadly 1980 Santa Fe prison riot and visiting the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility to hear the stories of inmates.

“It’s important to see the human side of incarceration,” Applegate-Aguilar said.

For more information, contact Applegate-Aguilar at caseyaguilar@nmhu.eduor 505-454-3071.

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