The Transformation of Second Chances

Thursday 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Session Description

In the U.S., one in three adults has a criminal record. This is about as many as those with college degrees. And each year, nearly 700,000 are released from prison to find themselves often locked out of the job market. At the same time, there are 7 million job openings in the U.S. right now as businesses fiercely compete for talent.

Learning Objectives

  1. 1. Discuss the Society for Human Resource Management Getting Talent Back to Work Pledge and Toolkit and how hiring people who want a chance to work is a win-win-win: it helps keep families together by decreasing the chance of recidivism, it supports a valuable talent pool of willing and trainable workers, and it gives people who have made mistakes the dignity of work.
  2. Discuss the Safe Streets and Second Chances Initiative – how it is simultaneously addressing policy reforms and enhancing reentry supports in at least 4 pilot states and with a goal towards expanding evidence-driven reentry services and policy reforms and what makes this initiative and the academic research different from other reentry reform efforts.
  3. Discuss the barriers that people with criminal records face, such as access to housing, jobs, education, and healthcare (mental health and substance abuse treatment), and how to build a sustainable and individualized reentry program for each person returning to society.
  4. How to hire and to retain people with criminal records successfully