Nov 15, 2018

ICYMI: Mark Holden Talks FIRST STEP Act, Clean Slate Campaign with David Plouffe

Post by Geoff Holtzman

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden teamed up today with David Plouffe, President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and current head of policy and advocacy for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, to discuss a new national campaign called Clean Slate.

Clean Slate is a new bipartisan policy model that uses technology to automatically clear criminal records if a person stays crime-free. Similar legislation has already been signed into law in Pennsylvania, with support from groups like Americans for Prosperity. Holden and Plouffe expressed optimism that more states will follow.

“When people … pay their debt to society, they [shouldn’t] keep paying it for the rest of their life,” Holden said during an interview on MSNBC.

“Over the next couple of years, you’re going to see a lot of policies change and a lot of good technology work happening to make it easier for people to clear their records,” added Plouffe.

During the segment, Holden also addressed the FIRST STEP Act, bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation that President Trump endorsed yesterday.

“We’ve got a broad coalition — left, right, center,” Holden told host Craig Melvin. “We want a system that keeps people safe … is based on equal rights … and we want a redemptive and rehabilitative system.”

Holden noted that the bill enjoys support from several major law enforcement groups like the Fraternal Order of Police and from over 2,000 faith-based groups.

Following their TV appearance, Holden and Plouffe were interviewed about Clean Slate at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress. You can check out their remarks by clicking the video player below.

Click here to read more about the national, bipartisan Clean Slate campaign in The Washington Post.