A Reentry Legal Resource Center

At Root & Rebound, we work to ensure that people in reentry who desire a second chance have that opportunity for successful reintegration and are "reentry ready," able to meet their goals of employment, housing, education, family reunification, and financial stability.

Our programs and services equip people in reentry and the family and loved ones, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations who support them, with the resources and tools they need to achieve successful reintegration. 


Get to know about our mission, vision, and team.


Learn about our programs, services, and impact.


We need your support! Learn how you can get involved.

Watch Root & Rebound's Founding Story here!

Roadmap to Reentry: A California Legal Guide

The "Roadmap to Reentry"  guide is an easy-to-use navigation tool covering the major barriers in reentry. It is meant for a broad audience: people in reentry and preparing for release as well as their families, social workers and case managers, teachers, community supervision officers, and attorneys.

 It is comprehensive in scope, covering nine areas of law and civic life: housing, public benefits, parole & probation, education, understanding & cleaning up your criminal record, ID & voting, family & children, court-ordered debt, and employment. 

To learn more about how and why we developed the "Roadmap to Reentry" and our model for change, please see Our Story

I want to say thank you for the Roadmap to Reentry Legal Guide. It has been very, very helpful to me. Now I’m able to say I feel good about getting out of prison and know that I’ll be able to get my life back.
— John

Roadmap to Reentry Programs

"ROADMAP TO REENTRY" GUIDE & TRAININGS: In conjunction with the publication and dissemination of the "Roadmap to Reentry" guide, Root & Rebound conducts trainings across California that teach communities most impacted by incarceration how to successfully navigate reentry. The trainings are based on the "Roadmap to Reentry" guide and are intended for a wide audience, including people in reentry and those who support them: community service providers, advocates, educators, community supervision officers, family and friends. To see our current training calendar, click here.


REENTRY LEGAL HOTLINE: Root & Rebound operates a Reentry Advice Hotline every Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to anyone in California with a reentry-related legal issue, question, or concern. Our hotline number is 510-279-4662. 


SYSTEMS REFORM: We actively advocate for criminal justice reform, and communicate issues on the ground to local and state governments. If you or someone you know in reentry is having an issue with restrictions of rights and freedoms, issues with an administrative process, or denials of services or benefits, please tell us about it here. We will do our best to incorporate your words into our advocacy. (Please note: we cannot guarantee our staff will be able to get back to you directly, but we promise we are listening!). 

Stories of Reentry

Many thanks to filmmaker, creator, and writer, Margaret Katcher, who made this film series possible, and the production team who assisted her: Sara Worth, Wesley Deimling, Hunter Bermudez, Claire Seaver. 

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