The 2019 Missouri Reentry Conference gave participants a unique opportunity to identify and address strategic barriers to employment for ex-offenders. Using an interactive smartphone app, participants reviewed policy-based restrictions on employment and credentialing options, identified resources such as state services and certifying boards, and offered solutions to overcome these barriers, both at the legislative and individual level.
The feedback from more than 400 reentry professionals are being put into action. The results from this activity is being analyzed by officials with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Public Safety, and Missouri Department of Social Services. These agencies will reference the conference data as they continue working with reentry professionals and lawmakers to eliminate some of the barriers mentioned.
Click here to read and download the one-page Barriers to Reentry report.