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.


Dec 11, 2018

AFP and Freedom Partners Commend Leader McConnell for Taking Up the First Step Act

Arlington, VA – In response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement that he’ll bring the First Step Act to the Senate floor for a vote in the coming days, Americans…

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Nov 21, 2018

VIDEO: Tom Cotton Supports the Clinton Crime Bill

By opposing the First Step Act, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is making clear that he supports the Clinton crime bill, says Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden. During an interview…

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Nov 15, 2018

ICYMI: Mark Holden Talks FIRST STEP Act, Clean Slate Campaign with David Plouffe

“Criminal justice reform transcends politics, Holden said. “It’s just common sense.”

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Nov 14, 2018

With President Trump on Board, Leader McConnell Should Bring FIRST STEP Act to the Floor ASAP

Arlington, VA – Today, President Trump endorsed the bipartisan FIRST STEP Act, legislation that will reduce crime and recidivism, make federal sentencing laws more just, and help people who want a second chance…

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