A Reentry Advocacy Center

At Root & Rebound, we work to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by our criminal justice system, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S.

Through public education, direct advocacy, and policy reform, we equip people with records, as well as the families, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations who support them, with the tools to meet their goals of employment, housing, education, family reunification and financial wellness.

Watch Root & Rebound's Founding Story here!

National Programs & Impact


Along with our first-of-its kind "Roadmap to Reentry” legal guide (online and in print), and our growing library of self-help resources, Root & Rebound conducts workshops across California to empower communities most impacted by incarceration with the legal tools and knowledge to navigate the effects of justice system involvement. We also lead legal trainings for impacted people and families, community service providers, advocates, educators and fair chance employers. Find upcoming events here, or request a training below.



Root & Rebound embeds legal advocates into communities most impacted by incarceration to meet people where they’re at and seeks to make reentry lawyers accessible to all in California. Call our Reentry Legal Hotline any Friday at 510-279-4662 (open to anyone with a reentry-related question, including currently incarcerated people), and find our calendar of mobile legal clinics here.


Root & Rebound advocates for policy reform to reduce the devastating impacts of the criminal justice system on people’s lives and families. By partnering with our clients and tracking entrenched barriers that system-impacted communities face, we create space for grassroots-driven reform to law and policy. If you or someone you know is experiencing a restriction of rights or freedoms, discrimination or other barriers because of a record, please tell us about it here so we can include your voice in our advocacy efforts!