Koch’s Mark Holden on why our commitment to criminal justice reform is only growing

August 6, 2018

Koch Industries continues to advocate for reforms to the United States’ criminal justice system because the company is “focused on trying to unite people” and is “very focused on removing barriers to opportunity, particularly for the least advantaged,” general counsel Mark Holden said in a recent interview.

“Our criminal justice system has been a huge barrier to opportunity for millions and millions people for the last 30 to 40 years. So, we see the criminal justice system as a way to increase liberty. We see it as a moral issue, we see it as a constitutional issue, and also, it’s a fiscal issue,” said Holden, adding that the “fiscal issue becomes a moral issue as well.”

Holden also noted the successes of states like Texas have proved the effectiveness of a “smart-on-crime, soft-on-taxpayers” approach, as well as praising bipartisan efforts to pass the FIRST STEP Act, which currently awaits a vote in the U.S. Senate.

“We’re very excited to work with the Trump administration and with Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate on the FIRST STEP Act,” Holden said. “It’s going to be based on evidence-based and data-driven practices that we know keep communities safe and also provide people with second chances who need it to have a productive life, so they don’t go back to prison and they don’t hurt anybody.”

Watch the full interview on “Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power” here