Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Educational Fund

  • Silver Spring, MD
  • www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com

Mission Statement

The mission of LEAP is (1) To educate the public, the media, and policy makers, to the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition; (2) To create a speakers bureau staffed with knowledgeable and articulate former drug-warriors who describe the impact of current drug policies on: police/community relations; the safety of law enforcement officers and suspects

Main Programs

  1. Cops and Clergy Alliance
  2. Cops and Moms Initiative
  3. Cops and Docs Alliance
Service Areas

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International

While we are based in the United States, we have well over 150,000 supporters and nearly 200 speakers in over 80 countries. We have branches in Brazil, England, Canada, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. We plan branches throughout the world. We were granted consultative status by the United Nations and asked by the government of Ecuador to present the treaty amendment we published in April for the UN treaties on narcotic drugs to Ecuadorean leaders and to the international press from Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru.

ruling year

2003

Executive Director

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Mr. Neill Franklin

Keywords

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drug reform, prohibition, law enforcement, harm reduction, marijuana reform

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Also Known As

LEAP

EIN

16-1645758

Physical Address

121 Mystic Ave Suite 9

Medford, MA 02155

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Michelle Alexander said, “Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a singular organization whose credibility and experience provide one of the strongest voices against the War on Drugs anywhere in the world.” We work every day to earn her praise and respect.

Our criminal justice experts were instrumental in marijuana legalization victories in Alaska and Oregon in 2014, as they were in 2012's campaigns in Colorado and Washington. And LEAP's leadership role in educating the public about drug policy reform extends far beyond the issue of marijuana legalization. We prioritize greater drug policy reform and harm reduction efforts as a vital step in ending the War on Drugs: Good Samaritan laws allowing witnesses to report an overdose without fear of arrest, departmental policies requiring first responders to carry naloxone to treat opiate overdose, and the creation of safe injection sites are all critical in treating drug abuse and addiction as a public health issue, not a criminal justice matter

We made 2,388 presentations in 2014, have some 2.1 million youtube channel views, 125,000 facebook fans (up by 33% over the part year) have 32,000 Twitter followers, and 150,000 supporters. In 2014 we were were in the media 1,338 times, including 348 radio shows, 126 television appearances, 739 mentions in written publications, and 97 original pieces written by speakers. We have appeared in the NY Times, LA Times, CNN, UK Guardian, NBC, BBC, CBC, NPR, Forbes, Esquire, Fox News Reuters,and AP.

We arranged over 20 speaking tours, the most ever in a single year, which contributed to 1,050 in-person presentations in the US and in strategic Latin/South American countries.

LEAP speakers, board members, and staff were significantly involved in the Prop 47 campaign to defelonize minor drug possession and other nonviolent crimes in California. We were also involved in the Washington D.C campaign which successfully legalized adult possession and cultivation of marijuana.
LEAP organized a three-state advocacy and education campaign through the first week of November, focusing on the importance of marijuana legislation reform. To that end, we conducted 39 media and live presentations in Alaska, including a tour by two police chiefs the week before the election; conducted 38 media and live presentations in Oregon; and
conducted 49 media and live presentations in Florida.
LEAP continues to forge successful working relations with the NAACP, the National Latino Officers Association, Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, Families for Sensible Drug Policy, Clergy for a New Drug Policy, and International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policy.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Cops and Clergy Alliance

Creation of an alliance between law enforcement professionals and the faith community. We plan professional speaker training at regional conferences, joint presentations and work with an array of organizations working on divestment from private prisons.

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Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Program 2

Cops and Moms Initiative

We are working with a number of small organizations that focus on the impact of drug policy on women and their children.

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Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

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Program 3

Cops and Docs Alliance

We will provide support to efforts that promote a health, rather than law enforcement, approach to the terrible problem of drug addiction and abuse, through joint appearances with public health officials and doctors/nurses to show that our current policies are medically counter productive

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is simply to bring rationality and morality to drug policy--to end a futile, violence and corruption-creating policy of prohibition with one of regulation and control; to treat adult drug use as a personal choice and drug abuse as a health, not criminal, matter.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our basic strategy is public education, achieved through an active speakers bureau, video creation and media attention. We attend conferences, especially of law enforcement and minority communities, as they are most directly impacted by drug policy. Our speakers are internationally based and we speak throughout the entire world.

    In this and the coming year, LEAP will selectively recruit and train speakers in strategic locations, organize leadership committees and tour battleground states in anticipation of reform legislation. The states we will focus on include Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Texas. From Capitol Hill to community meetings, citizens will be educated and persuaded to get involved.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a dedicated, experienced 14 person board of directors led by an executive director with years of police and administrative experience. We also have a remarkable Advisory Committee with distinguished law enforcement professionals including the former Drug Czar for Western Europe and for India. Our 6 person full-time staff are long standing activists with extensive experience in the relevant requirements of their positions. We are stretched but not overwhelmed by our duties, but if we had more staffing we could do even more.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    One way to measure our progress is in the number of unsolicited media invitations we receive and the increasingly respectful nature of questions thrown at us by the media. Another is by the number of successful or soon to be successful drug initiatives, with particular reference to our role in making them happen. The extent to which drug reform feels inevitable and the extent to which we are routinely associated with said reform is the extent to which we will know that LEAP is making progress.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have helped put credibility, experience and integrity at the forefront of drug policy reform. We have blunted the single most effective tool of prohibitionists, the use of law enforcement to intimidate the public and politicians alike through fear tactics. We have played a unique and indispensable role in dismantling drug prohibition, but as long as it remains, we are not done.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

While we are based in the United States, we have well over 150,000 supporters and nearly 200 speakers in over 80 countries. We have branches in Brazil, England, Canada, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. We plan branches throughout the world. We were granted consultative status by the United Nations and asked by the government of Ecuador to present the treaty amendment we published in April for the UN treaties on narcotic drugs to Ecuadorean leaders and to the international press from Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

We have a minimum staff and work with volunteers on a budget of $500,000/year. We need to raise approximately $600,000 to keep current with increasing demand for our speakers and to let our programs grow to their full strength.

Videos

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION EDUCATIONAL FU
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Educational Fund

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Executive Director

Mr. Neill Franklin

BIO

Major Neill Franklin retired with 33 years of experience in Maryland policing. He oversaw 17 drug task forces instituted and directed the very first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"As a 33-year law enforcement veteran of both the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police forces, I worked the streets, oversaw 17 drug task forces, worked in undercover narcotics, and instituted and directed the very first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police. I saw every single street problem made worse by our drug policies. I both saw and, even as an African American, participated in racial profiling that has devastated my community. Once we legalize drugs, we can regulate and thus control them and keep them away from our children more effectively."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Richard Van Wickler

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Term: July 2015 - July 2018

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