Major Neill Franklin collaborated with Circles of Voices in January 2017 to discuss that impact of race based drug policies in the United States.
Major Franklin is a thirty-four-year law enforcement veteran and current executive director for a prominent drug policy reform organization. In 1999, he retired from the Maryland State Police where he held command positions for both Education and Career Development Command and the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement. During this time, Major Franklin restructured the training academy, instituted and oversaw the department's very first Domestic Violence Investigative Unit and was responsible for 17 multi-jurisdictional narcotics taskforces. After 23 years of service to the Maryland State Police, he was recruited by the Baltimore Police Department to reconstruct and command Baltimore's Police Education and Training Section. After leaving the Baltimore Police Department in 2004, Major Franklin was appointed to serve as the commander of Special Operations for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Police Force, encompassing criminal, narcotics and internal affairs investigations in addition to an array of Homeland Security related initiatives.
Advocating for drug policy reform, Major Franklin has presented before an array of audiences, from the local community college to the lecture rooms of Harvard to the Senate on Capitol Hill. He has become a regular guest on Al Jazeera, CNN, and MSNBC, and his writings have been printed in the LA Times, Washington Post, and New York Times. He is one of the most sought after drug policy reform public speakers in the United States.
Major Franklin volunteers his time by serving on many boards that include, Children 1st (child advocate organization), Faith Based Community Council on Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Place of Grace Church, Anne Arundel Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, Murder Victim's Families for Reconciliation and he is the past president for Turn Around, Inc. (domestic violence, sexual assault victim advocate providing counseling and shelter services).