This year, we have achieved the following:
Direct Legal Services:
Reached more than 3,250 people via legal clinics, reentry legal hotline, and prison legal mail;
93% of clients surveyed reported that their reentry legal issue was resolved with an R&R’s attorney support;
94% of clients surveyed reported they had nowhere else to go for legal support, and 28% attendees reported that they had tried going to other legal aid organizations first but were turned away with their reentry issue unresolved;
100% of hotline clients who reached out to Root & Rebound about a parole condition concern have stayed free & avoided re-incarceration.
Created California Library of Resources and Training Hub, with numerous partners across California and nationally, covering Fair Chance Employment, Education, Immigration, and with resources for Directly Impacted People and Their Families;
Partnered with Hawai’i Friends of Restorative Justice to develop the first-ever Hawai’i Reentry Legal & Resource Guide; partnered with Twin Cities RISE! to publish our Minnesota Employers’ Fair Chance Hiring Guide; partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to produce Fair Chance Housing Initiative in 7 states.
Co-sponsored three legislative bills in CA to advocate for occupational licensing reform to increase access to living wage-careers for people with previous justice-system involvement;
Co-sponsored legislation to reform CA's Certificate of Rehabilitation process and give people stronger legal avenues for proving their rehabilitation before the court and/or the Governor, including urgent requests that will benefit non-citizens facing deportation;
Testified before the CA Senate to increase investments in the men and women leaving our prisons and jails every day;
Partnered with #cut50’s #StillNotFree campaign, shedding light on inefficient, costly and overbearing parole and probation.