In the midst of a labor shortage and supply chain challenges, Utah businesses are grappling with a pressing issue: an abundance of job openings but a lack of qualified applicants. Luckily, there are ways to address this issue. One is by tapping into a valuable and often overlooked resource: the second chance workforce. 

“I can’t think of anything more consistent with Utah and its values than allowing those that have been incarcerated an easier path to getting a job,” said Right On Crime Executive Director and former Utah U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman. “And in fact, if you want to reduce crime, and you want to provide a strength to your communities and the families in your community, a job is the best indicator for success.”

On August 24th, the business community is invited to a free employer forum to discuss best practices that go beyond current efforts to reduce crime and create opportunities for dependable and engaged employees. The event will feature public agencies and nonprofits already making reentry a reality in Utah, including Right On Crime, the Utah Department of Corrections, West Jordan Police Department, Rasa Legal, Clean Slate Utah and the Utah Department of Commerce’s Division of Professional Licensing.

“Utahns face a grave reality when leaving prison. If we expect to reduce crime and create safer communities, we must provide opportunities for redemption,” said Right On Crime Utah Director Katie Stahl. “Right On Crime’s Employer Engagement Forum will connect Utah employers with existing public programs, resources, and agencies to bridge the gaps and create opportunities for dependable and engaged employees.”

At the event, business owners and hiring managers will learn about resources and incentives of second chance hiring through federal tax credits, free bonding programs, on-the-job training funding opportunities, and other employer resources. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided. 

RSVP for the event by clicking here. For media inquiries or event questions, contact Emily Moench or Tonya Kerr.