Big Ideas: Imagine Justice

Join Award Winning Artist and Imagine Justice Founder Common, Producer and Anti-Recidivism Coalition Founder Scott Budnick and Charles Anderson for a special conversation centered at the intersection of mental health and wellness and our criminal justice system to discuss how we can improve our mental health care system to reduce mass incarceration; the need to compassionately embrace those with trauma instead of criminalizing their pain; and why we all deserve the access, tools and resources necessary to thrive in life. 

Panelists: Common, Scott Budnick, and Charles Anderson



Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor and activist, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success at the box office. Common’s new nonprofit organization Imagine Justice brings awareness to the issue of mass incarceration. WEBSITE


Scott Budnik

Scott Budnick is the Founder and President of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), which provides a support network for formerly incarcerated men and women and advocates for fairer criminal justice policies. Formerly the Executive Vice President of Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films, Scott executive produced many successful comedies, including the highest grossing rated-R comedies in history, THE HANGOVER series. WEBSITE


Charles Anderson

ARC member Charles Anderson earned three degrees while serving his sentence, he shared his story to Common just before his release and now advocates for education in prisons, sharing the impact education had on his life while he was incarcerated. WEBSITE