Mark Holden, Koch Industries senior vice president and general counsel, has been interviewed by The Washington Post about the FIRST STEP Act, the most significant federal criminal justice reform bill in decades, which passed with bipartisan support.
Holden also explained some of the reforms in the bill, including giving judges more discretion in sentencing non-violent offenders to address the harm done by mandatory minimum sentences where the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, and lessening the disparity between offenses for crack powder and cocaine.
Despite opposition to the bill from some members of Congress, Holden told The Post he’s hopeful about its chances of passing because of President Donald Trump’s recent declaration of support. “The president’s on board, so we feel good about that,” Holden said. He also credited Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, for doing “an amazing job of leading on this.”
Read Holden’s full interview with The Post here.