ADVOCATE

Root & Rebound's mission is to increase access to justice and opportunity for every individual with past justice system involvement. We achieve this through our three-pronged model for change: Educate. Advocate. Reform.

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Why advocacy?  Many barriers related to a criminal record are far harder to overcome without the direct support of a trained lawyer or advocate. Guided by the self-determined goals and needs of our clients, our team of reentry attorneys provides direct legal support to people with arrest and conviction histories across California. We do this via our Reentry Legal Hotline (every Friday)prison legal mail, and community clinics. We have reentry attorneys based in Oakland, Fresno, and Los Angeles, and offer traveling legal clinics in tribal and rural communities statewide because we believe no one should be denied reentry legal support because of where they live. Please email KC Taylor at kctaylor@rootandrebound.org to learn more about our hotline, prison legal mail, and clinics--to get help  support as a caring volunteer!


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Reentry Legal Hotline (Fridays)

We run a free Reentry Legal Hotline every Friday to anyone with questions about the impact of a criminal record on their legal rights. Note: We accept collect calls from currently incarcerated people.

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Prison Legal Mail

Currently incarcerated people can write us confidential, legal mail. We receive ~400 letters per week, and are always looking for volunteers to support us in answering legal and practical questions about reentry!

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Clinics

Attend one of our holistic, in-person reentry legal clinics in the Bay Area, Fresno, Los Angeles, and in tribal and rural communities across the state. Click below to view our full calendar of clinics, trainings & events!


“I didn’t dream as big as I dream now  because a lot of options were not available to me. That is a biiiig thing. Now what I’m doing is meditating and asking for guidance and now I am figuring out what I want to do for my career. I could petition for school, get a degree. Might be a lawyer, might be a nurse — now I don’t know what I want to do ‘when I grow up’! The world is my oyster.”
— Robert, Tribal Reentry Legal Clinic Attendee

Place-Based Direct Services

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Los Angeles: Partnership with arC

Root & Rebound is thrilled to partner with The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) to have a Reentry Attorney based at ARC's Los Angeles office, serving both its downtown L.A. members and Bromont Housing Program residents in the foothills of Sylmar, CA

By situating a Root & Rebound Reentry Attorney at ARC, we aim to increase access to housing, employment, family reunification, and financial stability for ARC members and boost reentry legal support across the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley region.


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FRESNO: reentry women's & employment initiative

Root & Rebound is thrilled to be expanding its support in Fresno, CA to serve formerly incarcerated women as they overcome barriers in reentry and strengthen their financial health through employment and building assets. The initiative in Fresno focuses on women of color, especially African American and Latina women, who are too often left out of reentry and criminal justice reform spaces.

JOIN US!  We are currently hiring a three-person team, including a Reentry Attorney, Women's Support & Social Services Manager, and Employment & Economic Security Coach to join our Fresno team!

  • Looking to join our Fresno Team? See our Careers Page and apply to one of the three open positions in Fresno, CA.
  • Looking to partner? Please contact Sonja at stonnesen@rootandrebound.org about any ideas you have for collaboration—we would love to be working in partnership with you!
  • More information for interested applicants will be added here soon!