Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound everyday?   Coming to work at R&R gives me the opportunity and privilege to help others, also impacted by the criminal justice system, see that there is life after prison. As a formerly incarcerated person and having the criminal justice system impact many of my family members as well, I want to help others see that they are worthy of a better future and we, as impacted people, can refuse to be held hostage to our past.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound everyday?

Coming to work at R&R gives me the opportunity and privilege to help others, also impacted by the criminal justice system, see that there is life after prison. As a formerly incarcerated person and having the criminal justice system impact many of my family members as well, I want to help others see that they are worthy of a better future and we, as impacted people, can refuse to be held hostage to our past.

Sandra Johnson

In-Prison Programs Coordinator

Sandra is the In-Prison Coordinator at Root and Rebound.  

Prior to joining the Root & Rebound team, Sandra was a Community Senior Organizer at LSPC and proud member of All of Us or None. She started at LSPC in 2017 as LSPC’s first Elder Freeman Policy Fellow before joining full time as an organizer, becoming one of the senior organizers at LSPC. Sandra studied Health Education and Social Science at City College of San Francisco where she received her AA degree in May, 2018. 

Sandra is originally from Monterey, California, and is the oldest of 6 siblings. She draws from her own personal experience coming from a single parent household and having several formerly incarcerated love ones. Her oldest brother is currently 31 years into a 17-to-life sentence. She is formerly incarcerated herself, having served 15 years in and out of the system. Sandra is an advocate for other families with incarcerated loved ones. Sandra has served as an expert witness and has testified many times in front of the CA state legislature and SF Board of Supervisors as a criminal justice expert. Her testimony and organizing was instrumental to passing the Fair Chance Act (AB 1008) and the RISE Act (SB 180) in 2017. She understands the pain and struggles of others that still have loved ones behind the walls and has dedicated herself to the fight to end the injustice of both being first locked up and then locked out upon.

Works/interviews

Ban the Box – Calif. Just Passed Landmark Law to Stop Bosses From Discriminating Against People with ConvictionsIn These Times – November 6, 2017.

Ban the Box – Ex-inmates win new law requiring California employers to “ban the box” –  CALmatters, October 14, 2017.

Ban the Box – Should Give People With Record a Second ChanceEast Bay Times – Nov. 9, 2016