"Roadmap to reentry" education 


In May 2015, Root & Rebound launched "Roadmap to Reentry: A California Guide", an extensive legal resource, written in simple language, to support the 50,000 Californians leaving prison and jail each year, and the tens of thousands of people across the state who support them. 

The "Roadmap to Reentry" guide is designed to reach, educate, and empower those trying to prepare for and navigate difficult barriers in reentry. This guide, available in print and online, covers critical legal issues of reentry, including:

  • Navigating probation and parole rules and terms
  • Getting official identification and important legal documents
  • Acquiring housing
  • Finding and maintaining employment
  • Accessing education and vocational training
  • Applying for public assistance and other benefits 
  • Managing credit & debt issues
  • Working through common family law issues
  • Understanding and clearing your record


"I do have to share with you, the fact that, here at this facility, there isn't anything remotely close to the quality and /or volume of access to that very same information that you so readily provide in the 'Encyclopedia For Inmate Success' is what I call it."  (Contra Costa County Jail - Martinez Detention Facility)

"Thank You for the Roadmap to Reentry Legal Guide. It has been very, very helpful to me. Now I am able to say I feel good about getting out of Prison and know that I'll be able to get my life back." (San Quentin State Prison)

"You know, it's that small detail that so many government agencies have forgotten about which plays a huge role in a successful transition from jails and prisons to society......it's called HUMAN DIGNITY. THANK YOU ALL FOR CARING SO MUCH!!!"  (FCI Dublin Federal Prison)



In conjunction with the guide, Root & Rebound provides trainings across the state of California for people in reentry, those preparing for release, and the people who support them in the community, including legal and social service providers, community supervision officers, and family and loved ones. Visit our "Roadmap to Reentry" Education Hub to access the guide online, request a hard-copy, sign up for updates, or request a training for your community.

NOTE: Root & Rebound also creates statewide and national reentry resources. Please click here to see our past publications. For a full list of current News & Reports, click here to visit the Root & Rebound blog.