Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?     Because I believe that the nearly insurmountable obstacles facing reentering people in this country belie our criminal justice system’s supposed aims of justice and rehabilitation. If people are barred from opportunity and resources when they are released from prison, what are we telling them as a society? Surely not that that we sincerely believe they have been rehabilitated, otherwise we would make every attempt to set them on the right path. We are instead telling them that their criminal records make them undeserving of the opportunity to lead stable and fulfilling lives. I see Root & Rebound’s mission of empowering reentering people as an attempt to break this cycle and to insist in the humanity, dignity, and potential of all people.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

Because I believe that the nearly insurmountable obstacles facing reentering people in this country belie our criminal justice system’s supposed aims of justice and rehabilitation. If people are barred from opportunity and resources when they are released from prison, what are we telling them as a society? Surely not that that we sincerely believe they have been rehabilitated, otherwise we would make every attempt to set them on the right path. We are instead telling them that their criminal records make them undeserving of the opportunity to lead stable and fulfilling lives. I see Root & Rebound’s mission of empowering reentering people as an attempt to break this cycle and to insist in the humanity, dignity, and potential of all people.

Thomas Alexander

 
Development Associate

Thomas is a Development Associate at Root & Rebound.

He received his B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from UC Davis in 2017, where he focused on Latin American history and politics as well as community development.

Prior to officially joining the R&R team, Thomas served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Root & Rebound, during which time he supported the development of the organization through grantwriting and partnership development.

In 2016, he spent four months studying human rights in Argentina and Chile, specifically the history of and fallout from human rights abuses perpetrated by the state in both countries during their respective periods of military dictatorship in the 70s-80s.

In his spare time he advocates for tenant’s rights and enjoys cooking, reading novels and listening to podcasts.

Contact Thomas at thomas@rootandrebound.org.