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

COVID-19

Our Response

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

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Voices for Justice

Standing for Black Lives

Join us for our second spoken word fundraising event, hosted in partnership with BAMBDFEST:2020.

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.

Resources

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.

FAIR CHANCE HIRING

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.

FAIR HOUSING FOR ALL

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.

95%

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

5,500

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

3,000+

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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Non-Profit

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.

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Weed & Grub Podcast

Eliana Green (Equal Justice Works Fellow) and Katherine Katcher (Executive Director) were featured on the […]

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70 Million Jobs’ Podcast

True Criminal Confessions is a podcast series by 70 Million Jobs— a national employment platform […]

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CLIO: Daily Matters Podcast

We’re always excited to have the opportunity to sit down with partners to discuss the […]

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Commentary: Fresno’s police chief politicizes the impact of zero bail...

BY FELICIA ESPINOSA AND KATHRYN FORBES JULY 22, 2020 12:05 PM Between 2000 and 2020, […]

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