Root & Rebound is a 2016 S+ Catalyst. As a member of the Catalyst, Root & Rebound is benefiting from tailored support, expertise, and training with industry experts and consultants from the Stand Together team on a range of topics including organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships. With Stand Together’s partnership, Root & Rebound is well-positioned to amplify its impact in California and to expand its work across the United States to meet the large and growing need for re-entry implementation on a broad scale.
Root & Rebound and Partners Launch Toolkit on ‘Fair Chance’ HiringLaws for California Business Community
Cross-Sector Partnership Educates Employers on Hiring and Retaining Talented Workers with Records
Oakland, California, October 4, 2016 – Root & Rebound, a reentry legal resource center based in Oakland, California, launched the first-ever Fair Chance Hiring Toolkit and training program to empower California employers to fairly and lawfully hire talented workers with criminal records, in partnership with the Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Metro Employer Advisory Council, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board, and Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation.
The California Employers’ Fair Chance Hiring Toolkit is available for free online at: www.rootandrebound.org/roadmap and http://www.rootandrebound.org/ca-fair-chance-toolkit or http://bit.ly/CAemployerstoolkit. It is also available in print for $10 per copy.
Root & Rebound was honored to receive a 2016 Hero Award from the San Francisco Human Rights Commission for our work advancing civil rights in San Francisco's diverse and multicultural communities!
Read the press release about the award here
Root & Rebound recently put together an issue statement on legal and practical barriers to higher ed in California–for people with criminal records for a partner agency.
You can read the full issue statement here: bit.ly/EducationBarriers
We believe it can be helpful across the state for the the broader community working on these issues–to serve policy advocates, practitioners, and students to better understand and advocate around these issues. We plan to do these for all of the nine areas we cover in our guide.
Root & Rebound was featured on the National Website on Reentry -- Reentry Central!
Root & Rebound Offers Help to People with Criminal Records Attempting to Overcome Legal Barriers
The organization is seeking to partner with others to bring their unique model to other states 05-02-2016
Root & Rebound is hosting an intimate, informal event at our office in Oakland on Thursday, February 18th from 5pm to 7pm. We will be celebrating the release of our video campaign, Reimagine Reentry, a collection of interviews and conversations with some of our clients in reentry. Please feel free to bring a friend, a co-worker, or a family member interested in reentry and/or criminal justice reform.
Event details can be found here: http://evite.me/UW1gXK5TBe
So glad to see Cala, a restaurant in SF that serves great food, has wonderful service, and just happens to be staffed by many formerly incarcerated individuals, getting so much GREAT press. We consulted with the founder when she started out, helping answer questions she had regarding employment, and we are thrilled for their success. R&R is mentioned briefly in this article as well for our work with them. So happy to see more businesses doing what is great for people in reentry, their customers, our Bay Area community, and our economy! Read the article here.
The Crime Report covered the recent Charles Koch Institute criminal justice reform summit in New Orleans. The article offers a well rounded discussion of the need for criminal justice reform across all sides of the political spectrum.
The article also highlights the strong innovation around the "Roadmap to Reentry" guide as a "DIY legal handbook" for newly released people navigating their way through thousands of legal barriers upon release. Read the article here.
Root & Rebound's very own Buffy Hutchison was moderator speaking at a Nov. 4 forum "On Trial: Solitary Confinement" at the Northbrae Community Church in North Berkeley. Some 80,000 to 100,000 prisoners across the country languish in solitary confinement, housed in windowless cells the size of bathrooms for 22 to 24 hours a day, said Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. You cannot continue to treat these people with methods that count as torture," Stief said, Read the article here.
Katherine Katcher speaks to the Contra Costa Times regarding a very rare story of a person in reentry changing his name in order to reintegrate (August 28th, 2015). She explained that the focus of the media should be on the important questions of why society doesn't give people a true opportunity to restart - with their full identity intact. Read the article here.
Last November, California voters passed Proposition 47, lowering sentences for many nonviolent crimes. Now, the state is releasing large numbers of inmates--some of whom never expected to get out of prison. Moving back into civilian life is not always an easy transition. Pacifica’s Saadia Malik has more here.