THE COALITION TODAY

Today, ARC serves nearly 350 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. The majority of ARC members live in Los Angeles County, where the organization was founded. Over the past three years, ARC has expanded its network to also include members in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, as well as Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. In September 2016, ARC opened a second office in Sacramento County, and is now providing reentry and supportive services to 65 formerly incarcerated young people in the region.

The success of ARC’s model is evidenced by the exceedingly low recidivism rate of less than five percent from members, compared to California’s recidivism rate of nearly 60 percent. ARC’s advocacy efforts have also been exceptionally successful, leading to numerous reforms in California’s justice system that have drastically improved the way the system treats young people. These reforms, which have affected more than 20,000 incarcerated individuals across the state, include limiting the practice of sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole, and providing second chances to individuals who committed their crimes as youth and received adult prison sentences. 

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