About Root & Rebound

This blog is written by Root & Rebound staff and a team of volunteers and interns, working together to ensure that people in reentry have access to justice and opportunity to become productive, healthy, and integrated members of our diverse and shared society.  

We are a team of attorneys and advocates. We use legal tools, resources, and education to protect the rights of some of the most discriminated people in modern day America – people returning home from prison and jail. Our mission is to increase access to justice and create pathways to success for people in reentry from prison and jail, helping them fulfill their greatest potential as engaged members of families and communities. Root & Rebound works to accomplish its mission through three key programs: direct legal services with social services support, legal and community education & high-impact policy advocacy.

We are proponents of collaboration across the reentry sector and pursue efforts to increase resources and communication among California service providers. The organization was founded in October of 2013 (under the fiscal sponsorship of the Prison University Project). As of August 2014, Root & Rebound is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit, making all donations fully tax deductible under law. 

We hope to use this blog to write about the world of Reentry Services & Reentry Legal Services and all of the many people and issues that inspire us. Thank you for joining us on this journey!

Root & Rebound's Founding Team with Community Partner Alton Mcsween, or

Root & Rebound’s Founding Team with Community Partner Alton Mcsween, or “Coach.”

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2 thoughts on “About Root & Rebound

  1. Thank you for your work. Many years ago, I faced the challenge of re-entering after several years of incarceration. I am a black woman who was then 50 years old, facing the overwhelming fear of what to do. I would say there was a mixture of things that helped me move through such a daunting time: humility, asking for help, therapy and the willingness to commit to doing the right thing, no matter what. It was not easy but 13-14 years later, I have made strides I did not think possible.

    There are a lot of people who need your help. God bless!

    • Deborah,

      Thank you for comment and for sharing your wisdom, story, and experience. It means so much to us to have your support, as someone who has been through reentry and know first-hand the struggles and barriers that it presents. Thank you for encouraging us and for valuing our work. It means so much. And please keep reading. We are always learning, and we welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions as we continue to post.
      All our warmest wishes to you!
      –The R&R Team

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