Feb 18, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden Joining Lawmakers and Criminal Justice Reform Advocates for Press Conference on Florida First Step Act

Post by Geoff Holtzman

On Tuesday at 9:00 AM EST, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mark Holden will join a coalition of legislators and criminal justice advocates at a press conference to discuss Senate Bill 642 and House Bill 705, also known as the Florida First Step Act.

Holden will be joined by Florida State Sens. Jeff Brandes and Keith Perry, returning citizen and FAMM Fellow Matthew Charles, and representatives from Americans for Prosperity-Florida, Right on Crime, the American Conservative Union, the James Madison Institute, and others.


Mark Holden, Chairman of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Charles, first inmate to be released under the federal First Step Act

Senator Jeff Brandes

Senator Keith Perry

David Safavian, deputy director at American Conservatives Union

Chelsea Murphy, Florida state director at Right on Crime

Sal Nuzzo, vice president of policy at JMI

Skylar Zander, state director at Americans for Prosperity-Florida

Greg Newburn, director of state policy at FAMM

WHAT: Press conference to discuss the Florida First Step Act.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 19 at 9:00 AM EST

WHERE: In front of the Florida Senate Chamber, 4th Floor, Rotunda, The Capitol

On Tuesday evening, Holden will participate in a panel discussion following a screening of the film, “The Sentence.” The documentary features Cindy Shank, a mother of three, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for tangential involvement in a Michigan drug ring. The film follows the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum drug laws on her family over the course of 10 years.

WHO: Mark Holden, Senator Brandes, Matthew Charles, and others

WHAT: Florida criminal justice reform advocates discuss the impact of mandatory minimum drug laws on families following a screening of “The Sentence”

WHEN: Tuesday, February 19 at 5:30-8:30 PM EST

WHERE: Challenger Learning Center, IMAX Theatre, 200 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301