May 12, 2017

Statement from Mark Holden on DOJ Charging and Sentencing Policy

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement on last night’s Department of Justice (DOJ) memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on charging and sentencing policy:

“We favor a different approach which requires changing some of the existing federal laws. Fortunately, there are already federal reform bills from last year that have broad bipartisan support that will address this issue. These reforms are consistent with those enacted by many states the past 10 years. The states have proven that communities and law enforcement are safer when the punishment fits the crime through sentencing reforms. There are less costly and more effective ways to help low level offenders who aren’t a threat to public safety other than incarceration.

 

“This is also an issue that receives overwhelming public support from across the political spectrum. In one recent poll, 81 percent of voters who supported President Trump described criminal justice reform as an important priority. The states have shown that you can reduce crime rates and reduce incarceration rates at the same time, keep communities safer and families together, while also using taxpayer dollars more effectively. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress on these vitally important issues.”