The System Reset Implementation Guide illustrates how systemic racism affects employment and incarceration, which intersect to exclude Black and Brown people from the workplace.
This guide provides a path for tech companies to disrupt this dynamic and develop a plan for both hiring returning people and developing a supportive and welcoming culture.
John Jones III, previously Director of Community and Political Engagement at Just Cities
It’s one thing to know or to think ‘okay, they got this question on the application, they’re not going to give me a chance.’ But it’s something else to discover that that was actually sanctioned by our society. Why are we upholding things that really preclude a person like me from having an opportunity?
The System Reset Guide uses people-first language to align with the goals and leadership of activists within the movement. Throughout the guide we use the term ‘returning people’ to discuss those impacted by the carceral system. In some areas we use the terms ‘people with conviction histories’ or ‘previously incarcerated people’ to provide specificity about a specific statistic or experience. We know that no term is perfect or agreed upon by all leaders and activists working within this movement. Our language is intentional and guided by the steps below, as provided in an Open Letter written by Eddie Ellis, the Founder of The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions.
In addition, we are grateful to those who have advised and helped to shape language within the System Reset Guide; including Bill Murphy at Slack, Root & Rebound, and the readings and resources available through The Marshall Project and Underground Scholars at Berkeley.
System Reset began as a conversation between tech companies and community organizations, who were eager to find ways for returning people to benefit from the massive growth and opportunities created by the tech industry.
This project wouldn’t be where it is today without our phenomenal advisors.