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 27, 2017

A Look Back on 2017 & Look Forward to 2018

As we prepare to ring in the New Year with celebration, we’d like to take a minute to reflect on the past year and our work with the administration and Congress…

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Oct 26, 2017

This is What Mens Rea Means. Here’s Why It’s Time to Update Our Mens Rea Requirements.

Mens rea is a legal term derived from the phrase “guilty mind” in Latin. Within the U.S. criminal justice system, mens rea requirements force prosecutors to generally prove that there is…

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Oct 20, 2017

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Mark Holden Delivers Unifying Message on Criminal Justice Reform During Law Enforcement Panel

Earlier this week, Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden moderated a panel discussion hosted by Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration in Washington, DC about the need to reform America’s…

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Oct 03, 2017

Freedom Partners Applauds Senate’s Commitment to Improving Our Criminal Justice System and Making Communities Safer

Arlington, VA – U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have introduced the Mens Rea Reform…

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Sep 13, 2017

Holden Commends House Vote to Reverse DOJ Expansion of Unconstitutional Civil Asset Forfeiture Program

Arlington, VA — Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using taxpayer money to expand an unconstitutional program known as civil…

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Sep 07, 2017

Holden: Keeping Virginia Safe, Providing Second Chances & Making The System More Just Are At The Heart Of Ed Gillespie’s Criminal Justice Reform Plan

Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement applauding Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie’s plan for Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia, which called for a system that is…

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Aug 07, 2017

Senators Paul & Harris Legislation Positive Step Toward Making Our Criminal Justice System More Just

Arlington, VA — In an effort to reform the pre-trial bail process, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act…

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