Root & Rebound is proud to be featured as Stand Together Catalyst member!

Root & Rebound is proud to be featured as Stand Together Catalyst member!

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.

Press Release - Root & Rebound and Partners Launch Fair Chance Toolkit for California Business Community

Press Release - Root & Rebound and Partners Launch Fair Chance Toolkit for California Business Community

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: Higher Ed in California Issue Statement

Root & Rebound: Higher Ed in California Issue Statement

Dear Colleagues,

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 Offers Help to People with Criminal Records Attempting to Overcome Legal Barriers

Root & Rebound Offers Help to People with Criminal Records Attempting to  Overcome Legal Barriers

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 

You can read more here or visit www.reentrycentral.org 

PRESS RELEASE: Root & Rebound Videos Highlight Powerful Prison Reentry Stories from Across California

PRESS RELEASE: Root & Rebound Videos Highlight Powerful Prison Reentry Stories from Across California

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

Cala: Not Just Another Taqueria

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.

‘We Agree on the Bigger Issue’ The Crime Report

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.

Berkeley: Panel describes damage of prison system solitary confinement practices

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 BerkeleySome 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 Contra Costa Times

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.     

Accessing Education, Community Inclusion, a Challenge for Reentry Prisoners

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.