Media Advisory

January 11, 2016

WHAT: “Reducing Recidivism through Connection and Community” – The San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement hosts Scott Budnick, Founder and President of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and noted producer of The Hangover movie series, to explore the root causes of recidivism. The event will look at why San Diego County’s recidivism rates are among the worst in the state – in 2012, nearly 3 out of 4 state prisoners released to San Diego County were re-incarcerated – and what San Diegans can do to address these challenges within the region.
WHO: Scott Budnick is the Founder and President of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and a Board Member of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a national foundation supporting President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Formerly the Executive Vice President of Todd Phillips’ production company, Green Hat Films, Scott executive produced many successful comedies including the highest grossing rated-R comedies in history, The Hangover series. Outside of film, Budnick is a fierce champion for children in need. He is a teacher and serves on the Board for InsideOUT Writers, an organization that aims to reduce juvenile recidivism through the use of creative writing. He also serves on the Boards of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps; Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy; State and Community Corrections (BSCC), and Community Colleges.
WHERE: Saville Theatre
San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 6:30pm
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP at
WHY: The San Diego Foundation is committed to growing a more vibrant region by supporting ideas, as well as the individuals who conceive them and institutions that propel them. The Center for Civic Engagement will host public events in 2016 that engage leading thinkers to raise provocative questions, highlight new possibilities, and challenge our assumptions about the future of San Diego.

About The San Diego Foundation

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Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,