Advancing Real Change, Inc. promotes justice
by ensuring that the life histories of people ​charged with crimes
are at the forefront of their cases.
Support the work of ARC, Inc.
Advancing Real Change (ARC), Inc. is hosting its 4th annual Eat, Drink, and Do Justice fundraiser on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the law offices of Mayer Brown in downtown Washington D.C. We are honored to be joined by former Solicitor General Seth Waxman who will be the keynote speaker. To learn more about our keynote speaker, visit the event page.
Join us to celebrate the life-saving potential of mitigation and the humanity of those we serve. We will share our recent successes, challenges ahead, and reveal exciting new plans to expand our work. Meet members of our staff and board as well as our partners and allies working to bring humanity to the justice system.
We look forward to a fantastic evening and hope to see you there! To purchase a ticket and or donate toward Eat, Drink, and Do Justice, click here. Tickets are $75 per person, with discounts for multi-ticket purchases.
The night will include a small silent auction.
Food and beverages will be provided.
Note: If you have questions about the event or are having trouble purchasing tickets or donating online, please email Mary at
Moving Mitigation Forward
Check out the recently published article, “Including Assets-Based Mitigation in Sentencing”, by ARC, Inc.'s Executive Director, Elizabeth Vartkessian, in Criminal Justice Policy Review. The article examines how states address mitigation in felony cases, and for those that do, investigates the role of assets-based mitigation in sentencing. Dr. Vartkessian lays out the critical importance of sentencing authorities to consider a defendant’s capacity for growth, self-improvement, and redemption alongside other more traditional forms of mitigation that tend to focus on disability, disadvantage, or case-related factors. To read the full article, click here (subscription required).
Launching our Building Bridges Volunteer Program
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Building Bridges Volunteer Program. Building Bridges is a new initiative designed to address the isolation individuals endure during long-term incarceration. We know that regular, positive communication is often the key to the mental wellbeing of our clients. Anna Reganis, a Jesuit Volunteer new to the ARC, Inc. team, will lead our Building Bridges Volunteer Program as the Client Contact Coordinator during her year of service. She will help develop a connection between our clients and community volunteers who will engage in regular communication with one another via letter or email. The outreach phase of this program begins this month. If you would like to learn more or know of an individual, group or organization that might be interested in participating, please email Anna at
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