May 22, 2018

Freedom Partners Announces Paid Digital Campaign Thanking FIRST STEP Act Supporters

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners is announcing the launch of a paid digital ad campaign thanking members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted today in favor of H.R. 5682, The FIRST STEP Act. The legislation passed by an overwhelming vote of 360-59 and now heads to the Senate.

The bipartisan thank-you ads are the latest example of Freedom Partners’ time-honored commitment to recognize lawmakers on either side who put good policy and the public’s interest above all else.


Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement:

“Today is a great day for justice and we sincerely thank every single member of Congress who voted in favor of the FIRST STEP Act. 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. We urge the Senate to swiftly pass this common-sense legislation and unlock second chances for individuals who want to become productive members of our communities.”


85% of Voters Agree That the Main Goal of Our Criminal Justice System Should be Rehabilitating People. (Justice Action Network Survey, 1/25/18)

States Like Texas Have Demonstrated the Effectiveness of Prison Reforms Focused on Inmate Rehabilitation. In 2007, the Texas Legislature projected the state would need 17,000 new prison beds over the next five years. After implementing criminal justice reforms, including expanded drug courts and mental health programs, crime dropped to levels not seen since the 1960s. The state closed four prisons and has plans to close four more — and the state saved $3 billion in the process. (Mark Holden & Brooke Rollins, Austin-American Statesman, 2/9/18)

White House Council of Economic Advisers: “On average, programs that address the prisoner’s mental health or substance abuse problems may reduce the cost of crime by about $0.92 to $3.31 per taxpayer dollar spent on prison reform and long-run incarceration costs by $0.55 to $1.96, for a total return of $1.47 to $5.27 per taxpayer dollar.” (White House Council of Economic Advisers Report, 5/18/18)

President Trump on Prison Reform: “Get a bill to my desk. I will sign it, and it’s going to be strong, it’s going to be good, it’s going to be what everybody wants.” (President Trump, Remarks at the White House, 5/18/18)

Learn More:

CNN: This Bipartisan Bill is Congress’ Chance to Fix Our Failing Prison System

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

Freedom Partners Applauds Committee Passage of FIRST STEP Act

New Freedom Partners Digital Ad Campaign Highlights Democratic Prison Reform Champions

Freedom Partners Praises Prison Reform Bill Sponsors

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

Business Coalition Writes Congress to Highlight Principles for Prison and Reentry Reform

How Businesses Can Help Reduce Recidivism

Giving Formerly Incarcerated Individuals a Fair Chance Could Be Good for Your Business