Students in the Reentry Advocacy Project will receiving training and supervision from attorneys at Root & Rebound (R&R) and take calls on R&R’s reentry legal hotline. Individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated, or family members of those individuals, use R&R’s weekly hotline to request information regarding their rights post-incarceration. Using the Roadmap to Reentry guidebook developed by Root & Rebound, students will grow familiar with California and federal law regarding reentry issues such as voting rights, registration laws, employment, and housing.
Root & Rebound also gets 400+ letters a week from currently incarcerated individuals. Although most of those letters are just requests for the Roadmap to Reentry guide, a number each week include legal questions. Students are trained and given support to write reply letters and conduct new legal research, as needed, to answer nuanced reentry-related questions. Students may also assist staff attorneys with other research projects (such as updating sections of the Roadmap to Reentry guidebook).
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week. This work can be done independently according to each student’s schedule. Students can answer hotline calls on Fridays in the office as an optional way to complete these hours.
Supervision: Students will receive training and be supervised by attorneys at Root & Rebound.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at ReentrySLPS@gmail.com.
We are grateful to our supporters:
Loren S. Lewallen
David B. Oppenheimer
Select Equity Group, Inc.