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    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

 

vista DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

 

Thomas is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Development and Communications Coordinator at Root & Rebound.

He recently received his B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Davis, where he focused on Latin American history and politics as well as community 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.

Thomas’ work with Root & Rebound is his first foray into the world of social justice-oriented nonprofits and advocacy on behalf of reentering people and he hopes to soak in as much knowledge as he can from his co-workers and his experience here in hopes of continuing this kind of work after his VISTA year has ended.

 

In his spare time, he enjoys community radio broadcast, cooking, gardening, reading novels and listening to podcasts.

Contact Thomas at thomas@rootandrebound.org.