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The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity: Breakout Session 4B // Second Chances: Including People with Criminal Histories

Friday, October 22, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm
Virtual Event

Erica Raetz RISE, Director of Reentry
Eduardo Gardea RISE, Employment Specialist
Demetrius Gatson RISE, Reentry Specialist
Jasmine Harris RISE, Director of Policy & Advocacy

Nearly one in three Americans of working age have a criminal history. This long-avoided conversation is becoming imperative to hiring practices, inclusion in the workplace and navigating diverse experiences of employees.

From tax credits, to statistically proven high retention rates, both business owners and employees win when hiring people with criminal histories. Because incarceration is often viewed as taboo, employers and employees alike are often nervous to ask questions, leading to misinformation.

During this session, attendees will:
Gain an increased understanding on why hiring individuals with criminal histories is good for business.
Enter a brave space while uncommon questions are answered directly from individuals with criminal histories.
Learn about background check friendly hiring and recruiting practices.