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.


Why policy and systems reform? There are still too many restrictions on freedom and ceilings on opportunity that have no proven relationship to public health or public safety. At Root & Rebound, we support smart reentry policy and believe that people who are directly impacted are in the best position to lead political and cultural change. We elevate the voices of those we serve to policy groups, decision makers, and government officials at the local, state, and national level to support high-impact change. Through careful selection of the bills we sign onto and by building cross-sector coalitions that gather people behind the issues that are rooted in the experiences of people with past justice system involvement, we amplify people's voices and activate a feedback loop between the grassroots to the ivory tower.


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State-run occupational licensing boards routinely deny people a license to work in professions for which they are trained, educated, and qualified for because of their arrest or conviction record. Licensing agencies even see conviction where a judge ordered it dismissed or granted a Certificate of Rehabilitation!  With over 50 licensing boards, 200+ licensed professions, and nearly 1 in 3 jobs in the U.S. requiring a license, it is time to pass #FairChanceLicensing reform.

To get involved in our Occupational Licensing Coalition, whose 50+ members include directly impacted experts, reentry legal and social services providers, large and small employers, Probation, and government officials, contact Sonja at

Snapshot of our 2018 FAIR CHANCE LICENSING Bills: 

  • AB 2838 (Asm. Chiu & Asm. Low): Would reform rules and practices of licensing boards governed by the CA Department of Consumer Affairs.

  • AB 3039 (Asm. Holden): would reform rules and practices for social worker and caregiver placements positions requiring clearance from the CA department of social services.

  • AB 2293 (Asm. Reyes): Would reform rules related to EMT certification, needed to be a firefighter OR FRONT LINE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAn (EMT).



The Community Reintegration Credits bill, or AB 1940 (Asm. McCarty & Asm. Jones-Sawyer), is an effort led by people who have been directly impacted by the justice system. If it passes, it would allow people to reduce their time on parole by earning positive reintegration credits. Through activities like civic engagement, completing school, enrolling in a technical education program, or participating in recovery programs, the bill incentivizes positive contributions on parole and gives some agency back to directly impacted people to transform their lives and proactively restore their freedom. To support, please email KC Taylor at



The Bay Area Blue Ribbon Commission on Fair Chance Hiring (BRC) is a coalition of almost 70 government agencies, non-profit organizations and private sector companies, who are committed to increasing awareness around the benefits and obligations of employing fair chance hiring practices in the Bay Area.

Through cross-sector collaboration, the BRC aims to 1) improve employers’ willingness to recruit, hire, and retain individuals with past system involvement; 2) improve the ability of Bay Area residents with records to achieve gainful employment that puts them on the path to upward mobility and economic security; and 3) to improve public safety through greater employment and economic security, which in turn is the greatest tool to lessen recidivism and poverty in the region. To join the Bay Area BRC or launch one in your region, please email KC Taylor at

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