The State of Louisiana through the Department of Corrections releases over 18,000 people each year back to society. While incarcerated, these individuals receive training and education that is equivalent to that provided in our local universities and technical schools. Unfortunately, statistics show that almost 43% of those released will return to prison because of a new crime or failure to follow the conditions of their release within five years. This cycle, known as recidivism, costs tax payers millions of dollars each year, not to mention the toll it takes on families, especially the children of those incarcerated. Unemployment is one of the biggest predictors of recidivism. The purpose of the forum is to assist employers in making informed decisions when considering individuals with criminal records for employment in their companies. The forum will consist of three panels of experts from the community who will discuss the benefits of hiring persons with criminal backgrounds. Right on Crime is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professionals. Three PDC’s will be offered for SHRM members who attend the forum. Your attendance, or a representative from your company, would be greatly appreciated. To register, please click on the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/employer-engagement-forum-new-orleans-tickets-67233369819.