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.


May 16, 2019

Mark Holden: Four Ideas to Take the Next Step in Criminal Justice Reform

In a move of rare bipartisanship, many leaders are putting aside their differences to finally reform federal and state justice systems. New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center just released…

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May 09, 2019

In Case You Missed It: Mark Holden Teams with Bipartisan Coalition to Support North Carolina’s Second Chance Act

Arlington, VA – On Tuesday, Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden joined a bipartisan group of North Carolina legislators and criminal justice reform advocates to call for the passage of Senate Bill 562, known…

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Apr 16, 2019

Businesses should follow the lead of Dave’s Killer Bread in second-chance hiring

According to a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Charles Koch Institute, 78% of Americans say they will buy goods and services from businesses that have customer…

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Apr 08, 2019

More Work Remains, But First Step Act Progress is Encouraging

Administration and Congress must continue working together to fully fund and implement the law

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