Criminal Justice Reform

Freedom Partners supports common-sense criminal justice policies that pursue justice equally for all, inspire a culture of respect for every individual, protect and enhance public safety, and foster personal and societal transformation. Our top priorities are:

  • To stop overcriminalization
  • To ensure due process for every defendant
  • To ensure individuals’ Constitutional right to representation by a lawyer
  • To eliminate mandatory minimum sentences
  • To reduce recidivism through data-driven prison programs that help prepare people to successfully return to society.
  • To remove barriers that prevent the formerly incarcerated from having a real chance to succeed after they have paid their debt to society
  • To protect taxpayers through smart on crime policies that guard against wasteful spending on programs that don’t work

We will work with anyone looking to bring about real criminal justice reform by ending overcriminalization, defending individual rights, reducing incarceration consistent with public safety and creating second chances for people who want to turn their lives around.


Sep 20, 2018

New Bill Is a Bold Step Toward Second Chances

Last week, three U.S. senators introduced a bill aimed at breaking down barriers for those with criminal pasts by helping them succeed through higher education. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Cory…

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Sep 13, 2018

Pregnant Women in Custody Act Will Restore a Measure of Human Dignity to our Prisons

The Pregnant Women in Custody Act would prohibit the shackling of federal prisoners who are pregnant or who have given birth within the last eight weeks.

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Sep 13, 2018

Freedom Partners Endorses Amendment 4 in Florida

“We believe that when individuals have served their sentences and paid their debts as ordered by a judge, they should be eligible to vote,” said Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden.

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Sep 13, 2018

Beyond the Box Legislation Will Help Give More Americans a Second Chance

“Unless there’s a legitimate safety concern, taxpayer-funded colleges and universities shouldn’t deny applicants solely based on a mistake they may have made when they were young,” said Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden.

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Aug 17, 2018

Correcting the Record About Sentencing Reform and Mandatory Minimums

The reality is, sentencing reform is both smart on crime and soft on taxpayers, and relies on data and evidence to improve the safety of our communities.

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Aug 13, 2018

Texas Shows Why Senate Should Pass FIRST STEP Act

Some say everything is bigger in Texas. While this may be an exaggeration, it certainly applies to the big reforms Texas has made to its criminal justice system. The Lone Star State…

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Aug 09, 2018

President Trump is Leading on Criminal Justice Reform; Senate Should Send Him a Bill

President Trump will meet with governors today to discuss criminal justice reform. This comes a week after the president signaled support for including a handful of criminal sentencing reforms to the bipartisan…

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Aug 07, 2018

WATCH: Why Criminal Justice Reform is Good for the Economy

“Our criminal justice system has been a huge barrier to opportunity for people for the last 30-to-40 years,” said Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden.

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Aug 03, 2018

Statement on Potential Addition of Sentencing Provisions to FIRST STEP Act

Arlington, Va — Today, Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement on new developments to the FIRST STEP Act, bipartisan legislation that passed the House overwhelmingly in May. “We thank President…

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Aug 03, 2018

ICYMI: Freedom Partners and Pretrial Justice Institute: Americans are hungry for bipartisan pretrial justice reform

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden and Pretrial Justice Institute Chief Executive Officer Cherise Fanno Burdeen  |  The Hill Jessica Preston was jailed when she was eight months pregnant after driving on a suspended…

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