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Wed, Sep 16


Kansas Star Casino

The Transformation of Second Chances

In the U.S., 1 in 3 adults has a criminal record. This is about as many as those with college degrees. 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!!

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The Transformation of Second Chances
The Transformation of Second Chances

Time & Location

Sep 16, 2020, 10:00 AM – Sep 18, 2020, 4:00 PM

Kansas Star Casino, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KS 67110, USA

About the Event

This panel will explore the following:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • How to hire and to retain people with criminal records successfully

Moderator: Jenny Kim, Deputy General Counsel & VP, Public Policy, Koch Companies Public Sector


  • John Koufos, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Right on Crime, National Reentry Initiatives Director Safe Streets and Second Chances Initiative Executive Director
  • Alex Alonso, Chief Knowledge Office, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Richard McLemore II, Housing Specialist/Advisor and Executive Director of McLemore Holdings, LLC
  • Cheryl Reinhardt, Zephyr Products

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