It is only through our stories that we connect with those who don't understand us and are forced to place judgment. We can place openness and compassion upon their hearts and their judgment to open up doors to dreams.Read More
As valedictorian of his graduating class, 26-year-old Sean Wilson was beaming as he got in line with about 100 other men to receive his college diploma.
But this wasn’t a typical college graduation.Read More
Scott Budnick, producer of The Hangover series, put his Hollywood career on hold to start the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC). It's a non-profit that helps formerly incarcerated young men and women transition back to life on the outside. Listen to the full radio interview by clicking play below.Read More
As he sits in the airport waiting for a flight, 22-year-old James Anderson talks about his life before, during and after incarceration with breathtaking candidness.
He runs through his teenage years spent in and around the San Fernando valley, revealing a catalogue of drug addiction, brutal physical abuse by his father...Read More
Today, Scott Budnick, the Founder and President of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Council of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance).Read More
Singer John Legend got behind the microphone at the Sacramento Convention Center on Monday, not to perform, but to advocate for social change.
"I don't want to live in a nation that criminalizes addiction and poverty," Legend said.Read More
Last month, I was honored to co-host an amazing and genuinely bipartisan summit on criminal-justice reform, along with my friends Van Jones, Donna Brazile, and Pat Nolan. Nearly 600 citizens from both parties came together to discuss real solutions for our country's failing incarceration system.Read More
Louie Chagolla was in and out of trouble with the law for most of his teenage years. He was in lockup twice and, when not in lockup, he was on probation.
Possession of a deadly weapon made the scared but tough-acting kid feel secure on the streets of Los Angeles. And, it solidified his sense of belonging to his surrogate family, his gang.Read More
ARC members played a huge role in 2012 and 2013 in Sacramento lobbying for the successful passage of two California Senate bills that provided second chances for juvenile offenders. So where’s a better place to champion our cause than the nation’s capitolRead More