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.

May 09, 2018

Freedom Partners Applauds Committee Passage of FIRST STEP Act

“The FIRST STEP Act will help ensure that incarcerated individuals leave prison in better shape than when they went in,” said Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden.

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May 07, 2018

New Freedom Partners Digital Ad Campaign Highlights Democratic Prison Reform Champions

Campaign encourages lawmakers to advance the FIRST STEP Act.

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May 07, 2018

Take This Opportunity to Reform Our Nation’s Prisons

Nearly all incarcerated individuals are eventually released, yet over 75 percent will reoffend within five years. This, despite the fact that the U.S. spends roughly $80 billion on prisons each year…

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Apr 25, 2018

Statement on the Delay of Prison Reform Legislation

“We will continue working to advance this critical legislation with anyone who supports the goal of improving our prisons and unlocking second chances for millions of people.”

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Apr 24, 2018

On Eve of Committee Markup, Freedom Partners Praises Prison Reform Bill Sponsors

Arlington, VA – Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to markup H.R. 3356, the Prison Reform and Redemption Act. Sponsored by U.S. Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries…

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Apr 16, 2018

Agreement Between President Trump and Sen. Gardner is a Win for States’ Rights

Arlington, VA – President Donald Trump and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) have reportedly struck a compromise in which the administration will not target Colorado’s legal marijuana industry and Sen. Gardner will…

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Apr 11, 2018

Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners Applaud Signing of Criminal Justice Reform Bill

JACKSON, Miss. – A diverse group of leaders in the movement for criminal justice reform joined Governor Bryant Wednesday for a signing ceremony for HB 387. The public safety legislation will help people…

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Apr 03, 2018

Tight Labor Market Demands New Thinking, Action

With employers increasingly desperate for qualified job applicants, as The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, it’s critical that policymakers and companies alike adopt a new approach and swift action…

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Feb 01, 2018

President Trump’s Commitment to Reforming Broken Prison System Will Reduce Recidivism, Protect America’s Communities

President Donald Trump outlined his concern for the state our nation’s prisons and the need to reform criminal justice policies that too often return men and women back to society no…

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Jan 10, 2018

Freedom Partners Chairman: White House Focus on Criminal Justice Reform Shows Commitment to Public Safety, Rehabilitation

Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement in advance of a meeting with the White House tomorrow to discuss the importance of criminal justice reform. “We are greatly…

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