BO documentary a?High on Crack Streeta?,
*Please write a 3-page essay, double-spaced, with 12 point font, on the following subject:
Using your viewing of the HBO documentary a?High on Crack Streeta?, think about the
real life characters and some of the information that they impart. Think about the things
that I was able to tell you about them and where they are today.
Associate the film with your text, discussion in class, your own views, and discuss the
following issues. Remember that these are nationwide issues and they are relevant to how
criminal justice personnel and their agencies approach the resulting police work, court
activity and eventual incarceration. Factor in the current emphasis on reentry planning
and diversion programming. Please use the following as a guideline for your paper. You
do not have to use only these issues and questions but should address or touch on some or
all of those suggested. Do some research to answer some of the questions. By this I mean
use your book and internet to link the types of criminal behavior displayed in the film to
the theories we have explored and discussed.
Keeping in mind that in our class we are questioning the reasons for criminal behavior,
1. How do you think Dick Ecklund, Boo and Brenda became crack users?
2. How do you think their family life impacted their eventual addiction?
3. How does this type of activity impact relationships with family and friends, short
term and long term? Does it add dysfunction to other members of the family who
do not participate in criminal activity?
4. Do you think drug and alcohol programs are addressing the problems experienced
by these people and those like them? Why or why not?
5. This film is from the early 1990as; do you feel like we have come any further in
eliminating issues like this in this state/country? Has recidivism gone down?
6. Do you feel that we should blame parents and acquaintances for addictive
behavior in others?
7. Finally what are some of the long-term effects of this type of behavior on the
addict as well as their family members (including children)? Do you think it is
generational behavior or does it originate with each generation separately?
high on crack street video can be found on youtube