SXSW 2024

Making Second Chance Hiring Work: What Employers Can Do


For the more than 600,000 people released from prison in the US each year, accessing stable, full-time employment has been shown to be one of the most effective tools in reducing recidivism and creating pathways to economic mobility after incarceration—yet stigma and a lack of resources remain key barriers. This session will bring together the voices of those on the front lines of the second chance hiring movement to discuss how employers can be partners in removing barriers that have prevented justice-impacted populations from securing employment and advancing in their professional lives.

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  1. A deepened understanding of the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated people when seeking employment and solutions that can help remove barriers
  2. Firsthand perspective on successful strategies for connecting with formerly incarcerated talent and advancing them within an organization
  3. Insight into the economic and social benefits of creating meaningful pathways to employment for justice-impacted populations



Ashley Gaddis, Director, Whiteboard Advisors

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Workplace Revolution
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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