Kirk Franklin (263746)

Gospel star Kirk Franklin revealed on social media recently that his sister received a 30-year prison sentence. According to the Christian Post, Franklin’s unidentified sibling had been released three years ago from a drug-related charge after serving 10 years. But within a short time, she had returned to a life of crime. He insinuated that she had become a prostitute to support a drug habit. In her most recent court appearance, she was given 30 years. “My sister was just sentenced to 30 years in prison… I now feel the weight of wondering if I could have done more,” Franklin said in a statement, adding “rough week.” There is not much information available on Franklin’s unidentified sister. However, he shared in 2015 that she struggled with drug addiction. “For over ten years, my younger sister was incarcerated in a facility here in Texas. She was in love with a young man who was [a] drug dealer,” Franklin explained at the time. “He introduced her to not only selling drugs, but using as well. When he was arrested for drug trafficking, she was arrested along with him. After she served her time, she was brought before the review board which determined she was ready to be released and brought back into society. The documents were signed and she was set free… but only on paper.” A few months after she was released from prison, Franklin said his sister relapsed. “After a few months back into the free world, it became obvious to me rather quickly that my sister was still in prison. It’s what they call being institutionalized. She quickly started using again, becoming very reckless with her body, which turned into her using it as a means to pay for her habit,” he explained.