Legal Barriers Make Re-entry a Slippery Slope. But This Org Helps People Find Roots and Rebound
Over 750,000 people are coming out of prison and jail each year and one study documented 48,000 legal barriers to these individuals as they reenter normal life, including a lack of housing options, lack of employment opportunities, and obstacles to family reunification. Most of the incidents that send individuals who have been previously incarcerated back to prison are not crimes, but rather very minor and insignificant parole violations. Further legal charges of any kind derail any hope of a promising future for a transformed individual.
As a group of attorneys and legal professionals, Root & Rebound supports people impacted by arrests and incarceration by leveraging legal education, support services, and policy advocacy to free them, their families, and communities from the seemingly endless snares they could fall into on any given day. Using a model of collaboration and partnership, Root & Rebound advocates for the individual and works with the larger reentry infrastructure, including community-based organizations, government agencies, and employers to provide comprehensive and holistic education and support. Root & Rebound's work transforms a precarious, fear-filled life situation into a prosperous path of employment, housing, and education.
Root & Rebound has reached over 80,000 people since its launch in 2013. One of Root & Rebound's most effective literature campaigns in California, Roadmap to Reentry, has distributed 61,221 copies to formerly and currently incarcerated people, state prison libraries and programs, jails, and federal prisons. In addition to thousands of people accessing their valuable legal education resources, Root & Rebound has trained over 5,200 people across the state of California on navigating reentry legal barriers and has taken calls from nearly 18,000 individuals on its reentry hotline.