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.


Jul 16, 2018

Americans Want Pretrial Justice Reform, New Study Finds

A majority of Americans support ending the practice of jailing people who cannot afford bail before trial “except in extreme cases,” according to a new joint study by the Pretrial Justice Institute…

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Jul 13, 2018

Members of Both Parties Agree: It’s Time For Prison Reform

This week, the American Enterprise Institute facilitated a conversation on criminal justice reform with Representatives Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). These unlikely partners have put aside partisan…

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Jul 12, 2018

Diverse Coalition Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case Advancing Civil Rights

Today, Freedom Partners joined an amicus brief alongside Americans for Prosperity, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Cato Institute, and many others asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up…

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Jul 02, 2018

Criminal Justice Reform Requires Action from Lawmakers and Communities 

Criminal justice reform has generated overwhelming support on both sides of the political spectrum. Decreasing crime rates is a goal shared by everyone. Discussions about how to achieve that goal are happening…

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Jun 15, 2018

New Digital Ad Urges Sen. Durbin to Back FIRST STEP Act

“Senator Durbin has been a champion for the types of reforms included the FIRST STEP Act that would reduce recidivism, make our communities safer and give people a second chance,” said Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden.

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Jun 15, 2018

Senator Durbin Should Take FIRST STEP Towards Prison Reform

Criminal justice reform is listed as a top issue for Senator Dick Durbin. He has promised his constituents that he is “working hard to make critical reforms to our criminal justice system…

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Jun 13, 2018

Freedom Partners Launches Six-Figure Campaign Urging Senators to Support the FIRST STEP Act

Group encouraging members of both parties to get behind legislation that would create safer streets and second chances.

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Jun 08, 2018

Senate Should Take FIRST STEP Towards Reforming U.S. Prisons

Roughly 95 percent of all incarcerated individuals will eventually be released from prison and will return to our communities. Sadly, statistics show that about 75 percent of them will reoffend within five…

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Jun 06, 2018

Mark Holden on Alice Johnson: Justice Has Been Delivered

“The president’s action provides justice to a woman who has more than paid her debt to society,” Holden said.

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May 30, 2018

Freedom Partners Chairman Calls for a “Restorative and Rehabilitative Approach to Criminal Justice”

Joining C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mark Holden discussed continued efforts to reform the criminal justice system to improve people’s lives. Asked about Freedom Partners…

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