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UNI to host lecture on War on Drugs

March 13, 2012

Allen Hays, director and professor, public policy program, 319-273-2910,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) at 7 p.m., Monday, March 26, in the University Room in Maucker Union on the UNI campus. He will present his lecture "The War on Drugs-Is it Time to Reconsider?"

The War on Drugs was initiated in the 1970s in response to a perceived national problem of increased drug usage. LEAP was formed in 2002 as a group of active and retired law enforcement officers, with most of the members having direct experience with drug enforcement. Franklin, who served as a narcotics agent for 34 years, will take a critical perspective on the large expenditure of resources involved in conducting the War on Drugs in its current form.

The event is sponsored by the UNI Public Policy Program, UNI Public Policy Club, UNI Student Government and the Citizens for Undoing Racism Task Force on the War on Drugs. For more information, contact Allen Hays, director and professor of UNI's Public Policy Program, at 319-273-2910 or