justice. liberation. healing.

Root & Rebound restores power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation


Our Response

Learn more about Root & Rebound’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and find community resources.


Voices for Justice

An Evening of Art, Hope, and Resilience

Watch the recording of our first-ever virtual spoken word event and fundraiser from May 28th!

Get Support

If you have an arrest or conviction history, we can help you access lawyers, community advocates, and other resources you might need to navigate employment, housing, family law, parole, probation, and more.

California Programs & Services

We support people across California through a wide range of services including a weekly hotline, mobile legal clinics, educational workshops and trainings, and by embedding impactful lawyers in communities.

South Carolina

South Carolina Programs & Services

We bring legal expertise to clients and advocates across South Carolina through educational workshops and trainings, clinics, and direct legal services.

For Impacted People

If you or your loved one has an arrest or conviction history and are looking for support, we tailor resources to your needs. Our programs and services can help guide you through reentry and every step along the way to your goals.

For Advocates

Lawyers, family members, and friends of people with records can access information and resources to build stronger networks. Community organizers, social workers and service providers can use our materials to better support impacted community members and clients.


We partner with organizations across the country to produce educational materials on navigating barriers to housing, employment, family law, parole and probation issues, and more.

System-Changing Policy Advocacy

We work to change broken laws through policy reform, advocacy, and impact litigation

Debt-Free Justice

We’re part of a movement to reduce the suffering caused by court-ordered debt and enhance the economic security of system-involved people by ending fees imposed against those in the criminal justice system.


California’s Fair Chance Act delays when employers can ask about a person’s conviction history until after a conditional offer of employment. We educate employers and bring litigation to ensure the law is followed.


We support local efforts across California to pass Fair Chance Housing laws that will reduce discrimination against people because of their conviction history.

Stories of Reentry

Learn about the impact of our broken criminal justice system through the personal stories of these remarkable people.


of callers say that our Reentry Legal Hotline has helped them resolve legal issues related to their justice involvement.


system-impacted people were provided with direct legal support on over 6,500 legal matters.


people released from federal prison since the First Step Act have better access to legal information since we created the First Step to Second Chances Guide.

Our Impact

we have co-created pathways for thousands of people to become thriving community members – employed, housed, connected to family, and free.

In The News

Root and Rebound is a conduit of local and national change. Keep up with us as we innovate the legal field.

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We are HERE for you: Root & Rebound’s Response to COVID-19

On this page, you will find information about Root & Rebound’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19) as it impacts formerly incarcerated, currently incarcerated, and justice system-impacted people and their families.


Lawsuit Seeks Immediate Protection for People Incarcerated in Spartanburg County...

MAY 22, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Root & Rebound, The American Civil […]


No Photo ID, No Services: Coronavirus Poses Steep Hurdles After...

Root & Rebound contributed to a recent article in the Marshall Project about the hurdles […]


Demanding a System of Justice, Worthy of Such a Name

A Call to Collective Action for Nationwide Reform. May 12  · 14 min read “Not everything that […]


A Dangerous Limbo: Probation and Parole in the Time of...

R&R contributed to this story in the Marshall Project about people sitting sitting in jails […]


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