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Koch Brothers to Launch Project on Criminal Justice Reform

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 08:31 AM

The political and policy organizations run by billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch are set to launch a $4 million pilot project to help former prisoners successfully re-enter society as part of a new program to spur criminal justice reform, the Washington Examiner reported on Wednesday.

The program, called "Safe Streets, Second Chances" is to be unveiled this weekend in Palm Springs, California, during a policy meeting of hundreds of donors who contribute to the Koch network. It is set to start in four states – Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Pennsylvania – with the aim of reducing recidivism by changing the focus of the criminal justice system from punishment to prioritizing rehabilitation.

"Over 95 percent of people who are incarcerated will eventually be released, so it’s in everyone’s best interests to make sure that these individuals are better when they leave prison than before they went in," said Koch Industries senior vice president and general counsel Mark Holden, who is leading the initiative. "The vision of 'Safe Streets and Second Chances' is that, rather than waiting until the end of an individual’s sentence, the re-entry process should begin on day one."

Holden also has had praise for a prison reform proposal by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to Axios.

Holden said the strategy Kushner has been researching "has been showed to markedly reduce recidivism."

Overhauling the criminal-justice system has long been a priority for the libertarian-leaning Kochs, according to KGW News.

They have been lobbying to reduce penalties for non-violent offenses, to limit the practice of seizing the assets of criminal suspects and to make it easier for convicted felons to get work opportunities once they are released.

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