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.


Mar 05, 2019

With Pennsylvania as the Example, More States Should Develop Clean-Slate Policies

After spending a significant amount of time in prison for a nonviolent felony, one Los Angeles man spent years trying to find employment. But, like so many other Americans, his criminal record…

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Mar 01, 2019

ICYMI: Business Insider: Koch Network Teams with the Society for Human Resource Management to Spur Second Chance Hiring

Mark Holden | Business Insider | Koch Industries is pushing companies to hire more ex-prisoners because it ‘makes economic sense’ “Criminal justice reform is a major step forward for our country. But society…

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Feb 22, 2019

First Step Act momentum fueling second-chance hiring 

For businesses these days, hiring is tough. There are some 7 million job openings across the country. And because the unemployment rate is hovering around 4 percent, the job applicant pool is…

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Feb 18, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden Joining Lawmakers and Criminal Justice Reform Advocates for Press Conference on Florida First Step Act

Holden will be joined by Florida State Sens. Jeff Brandes and Keith Perry, returning citizen and FAMM Fellow Matthew Charles, and representatives from Americans for Prosperity-Florida, Right on Crime, the American Conservative Union, the James Madison Institute, and others.

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