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.


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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May 24, 2018

House Takes Important FIRST STEP Towards Reforming Our Nation’s Prisons

In support of reforming our nation’s prisons, improving public safety, and extending second chances to those who have served their time, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance The…

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May 22, 2018

Freedom Partners Announces Paid Digital Campaign Thanking FIRST STEP Act Supporters

“This smart-on-crime, soft-on-taxpayers legislation will protect our neighborhoods, save money and help hundreds of thousands of federal inmates rebuild their lives and reunite with their families,” said Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden.

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May 22, 2018

House Can Increase Public Safety and Rebuild Lives By Voting Today in Favor of FIRST STEP Act

Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners is calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 5682, The FIRST STEP Act. The House is scheduled to vote on the legislation later…

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May 21, 2018

ICYMI: Mark Holden and Van Jones on Why Congress Should Pass The FIRST STEP Act

“Despite all the hyper-partisanship and gridlock in Washington, Congress is finally making progress on a crucial issue that affects millions of Americans,” the pair wrote.

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May 18, 2018

Mark Holden Participates in White House Summit on Prison Reform and Re-Entry

“Roughly 96 percent of federal inmates will one day be released, so common-sense dictates that our prisons allow for programs that help individuals leave prison in better shape than when they went in,” Holden said.

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May 17, 2018

New Study Shows Managers, HR Changing Attitudes About Hiring Ex-Offenders

A new survey says managers and human resource staffers are overwhelmingly willing to give people with criminal records a chance. The nationwide survey, conducted by The Charles Koch Institute and the Society…

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May 10, 2018

WATCH: Mark Holden Teams with Google and Other Leading Advocates to Push for Bail Reform

“There’s no way on earth that the amount of money you have is a proxy for public safety,” Holden explained.

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May 10, 2018

Congress Takes Significant FIRST STEP Toward Safer Communities and Second Chances By Advancing Prison Reform Bill

House Judiciary Committee lawmakers took an important step towards addressing our nation’s recidivism crisis. With over 75 percent of individuals released from prison likely to reoffend within five years, it’s…

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