System-Changing Policy Advocacy

Through people-powered policy advocacy and impact litigation, we seek to overhaul the broken justice system and secure dignity and second chances for all.

The law has long been used as a weapon to harm, control and disenfranchise low-income communities and communities of color, which have been locked into poverty and second-class citizenship for generations. To end this oppressive use of the law, our team takes on some of the most difficult policy reform and impact litigation campaigns alongside directly impacted people. Together, we ensure the law serves, rather than harms, impacted communities.

Each year, Root & Rebound selects urgent legislative and impact litigation campaigns that will transform the lives of impacted people now, while also rallying support to dismantle more entrenched barriers in the longer term. Our successes prove that policy advocacy can be a powerful tool for racial and social equity and empowerment.

Advocacy Aims

Our policy and impact litigation campaigns focus on achieving five broad aims.


Elevate the lived experiences of people most harmed by the criminal justice system


Combat poverty, racism, mass criminalization and other forms of control and oppression


Eliminate the devastating, often lifelong, consequences of an arrest or conviction


Broaden the protections, rights and opportunities of system-impacted people


Build thriving communities that all people can participate in equally

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