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Esquire Magazine Neill Franklin

Esquire interview

1 Sep, 2009

Franklin gives his thoughts on the drug war in the United States:

The prison population is off the hook in this country, Franklin says. In 1993, at the height of apartheid in South Africa, the incarceration of black males was 870 per 100,000. In 2004 in the U.S., for every 100,000 people we are sending 4,919 black males to prison. And the majority of those are for nonviolent drug offenses. But we’d rather send people to prison than give them information and treatment.