Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC)


The mission of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is to change lives and create safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for and by formerly incarcerated men and women. To accomplish this mission, ARC advocates for fair policies in the juvenile and criminal justice systems and provides a supportive network and reentry services for formerly incarcerated individuals.

ARC was founded in 2013 as a peer support network for formerly incarcerated people, serving less than 25 members. While the organization continues to prioritize peer support, ARC is now able to offer comprehensive services, including case management, trauma counseling, housing, education and employment assistance, mentorship, and opportunities for civic engagement.

To date, ARC has over 1,400 active formerly incarcerated members across California and serves over 6,000 men and women still inside prisons and facilities. Over 41,000 people have been impacted by its policy advocacy work.

The majority of ARC members live in Los Angeles County,, where the organization was founded. In 2016, ARC opened a second office in Sacramento County and over the past three years, the organization has expanded to San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, as well as the San Francisco Bay area.

Click here for a story on what led Scott Burdnick, producer of the Hangover movies, to found ARC. 

Selected Awards:
Social Venture Partners-Los Angeles Fast Pitch Finalist, 2020




Sam Lewis
Executive Director

Los Angeles

Area Served:
Most of California

# of Employees:


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