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Issue Analysis

Red State Redemption: Ten Conservative States That Have Led the Way on Justice Reform

In the early 2000's, many of the states which had enacted the harshest mandatory sentences and "tough on crime" laws were also facing budget crises and desperately overcrowded prisons. In response, lawmakers in state like Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina started to reexamine the entire purpose of their criminal justice systems, and even became leaders in the national push for criminal justice reform.

01/16/2020
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Op-ed Placement

Congress must make sentencing reform priority for public safety

BY Jason Pye

Modest sentencing reforms may be added to prison reform legislation, the First Step Act, currently pending in the Senate. The White House has been vocally supportive of prison reform, and President Trump has appeared to warm to the possibility of adding sentencing reform to the bill.

11/05/2018
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Urges Senate Majority Leader McConnell to Pass the FIRST STEP Act with Sentencing Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A recent poll commissioned by the Justice Action Network in the Commonwealth of Kentucky indicates widespread support for prison and sentencing reform. FreedomWorks partners with the Justice Action Network to support legislation to reform the criminal justice system, give former offenders a second chance, and promote public safety.

08/30/2018
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Supports Adding Sentencing Reforms to Prison Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to reports that President Donald Trump is open to adding sentencing reforms to the prison reform bill, the FIRST STEP Act, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

08/03/2018