May 09, 2019

In Case You Missed It: Mark Holden Teams with Bipartisan Coalition to Support North Carolina’s Second Chance Act

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – On Tuesday, Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden joined a bipartisan group of North Carolina legislators and criminal justice reform advocates to call for the passage of Senate Bill 562, known as the Second Chance Act. The bill would automatically expunge the records of people who had charges dismissed or were found not guilty of nonviolent and nonsexual crimes.

The bill passed the North Carolina Senate on Wednesday with no opposition and now moves to the State House.

“When someone pays their debt to society… you should get all your rights back, you should be welcomed back as a citizen. But we don’t do that… and that’s immoral,” said Holden. “This isn’t about politics – it’s about what’s right. That’s why seventy percent of Americans support clean slate policies – including 66 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of Democrats.”

Holden was joined by David Plouffe with the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, David Safavian with the American Conservative Union, Daryl Atkinson with Forward Justice, North Carolina Senator Floyd McKissick (D) and others. Click here to see more of Holden’s comments.

Freedom Partners has worked extensively to advance meaningful criminal justice reforms at the state and federal level. Recently, the group helped support a bipartisan effort in Congress to pass The First Step Act, the most substantial federal criminal justice reform bill passed in nearly a decade.