Board of Directors
Co-Founder and Director
John Brown operates an investigations and consulting firm in Los Angeles, with a focus on criminal defense and alternatives to incarceration. He has worked in this field for 38 years. During that time, he has visited with thousands of prisoners in municipal, county, state and federal penal institutions. He has seen countless men and women work very hard to successfully rehabilitate themselves behind bars, yet still have to serve additional years of imprisonment for offenses that are often non-violent and victimless. These experiences have led him to believe strongly in alternatives to prison for all but the most serious and dangerous offenders.
Venerable De Hong
Ven. De Hong is an adjunct professor at the University of the West. He is one of the co-founders of the Engaged Buddhist Alliance and has volunteered in several state prisons in California, teaching mindfulness meditation and Buddhist psychology since 2013. Ven. De has been a Buddhist monk since 2006 in the Vietnamese and Chinese Pure Land Tradition. He was also ordained in the Burmese’s Theravada Tradition of the Mahasi Lineage in 2014. Ven. De graduated with an MA (May 2012) and a Ph. D. in Buddhist Studies (May 2015) from University of the West.
Mark Scott is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor who has worked in the field of substance use disorders since 1984. Currently, he works as a substance abuse professional (SAP) with employees who test positive for alcohol or drugs providing assessments, treatment plans, and follow-up interviews.