THE COALITION TODAY.  ARC serves more than 300 formerly incarcerated men and women, who commit to living crime-free, gang-free and drug-free; enrolling in school, working or actively searching for work; and being of service to their community and the ARC network. To help members successfully transition back into the community, ARC provides counseling and case management, mentorship opportunities, supportive housing, and employment and education assistance. 

Through its unique policy advocacy work, ARC mobilizes and empowers formerly incarcerated individuals and their families to participate in efforts to reform the justice system. ARC’s advocacy model develops members as leaders, amplifies their voice, and increases civic engagement of those most affected by incarceration to improve community health across California. 

The success of ARC’s Member Services model is evidenced by the incredibly low recidivism rate of members – less than five percent, compared to California’s recidivism rate of more than 54 percent. ARC’s advocacy and awareness-building efforts have also been exceptionally successful, leading to numerous critical reforms in California’s justice system, including five key pieces of legislation that significantly improved the way the system treats young people. 

Scott Budnick is the most extraordinary force in the state of California on badly needed incarceration and justice reform.
— Dr. Robert K. Ross, President of The California Endowment