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Mark Holden Appointed as Leader of New National Criminal Justice Organization

Jul 23, 2019 by AFP

Arlington, VA – Americans for Prosperity board member, Mark Holden, has been appointed as a Trustee of a new national criminal justice organization, the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ). Holden will serve as the founding co-chair of the Council’s Board of Trustees.

The independent and nonpartisan organization is an invitational membership council and think tank that advances understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. The organization believes a fair and effective criminal justice system is essential to democracy and a core measure of our nation’s well-being.

The Council’s advisory Board of Trustees also includes U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, and Van Jones of CNN.

Mark Holden, Americans for Prosperity Board member, issued the following statement:

“I’m pleased to join the Council on Criminal Justice because this is the right organization at just the right time for the criminal justice field. Because of the reforms that started with the states in 2007, and have now been embraced at the federal level, this country now has an abundance of talented, dedicated people and organizations pushing for reform, which is great – but we need to think bigger. We need to be a united front to guide and accelerate progress by increasing public safety and justice through effective reforms. CCJ is uniquely designed and equipped to play that role.”


The Council is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors led by Laurie Robinson, who twice served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. The Council was founded by its president and chief executive officer, Adam Gelb, a former journalist, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staffer, and director of public safety initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Mark Holden and others will advise the Council about which public safety and justice issues it should focus on, help select general Council members, and how the Council can best fulfill its mission and serve its members and the field at large.

Council membership rewards the accomplishments of established leaders and serves to develop a strong, diverse cohort of emerging leaders who will steer the field through future challenges. It also supports a field that is more inclusive of those whose perspectives often are overlooked, such as formerly incarcerated people. Leaders and lifetime members of the Council are selected based on multiple criteria, including intellectual achievement, practical impact, dedication to research-informed policymaking, standing among peers, promise of future service to the field, and potential for contributing to the Council’s work.