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    Prisons, Parole, Probation, People....Considerations for Hiring the Returning Citizens presented by Teri Knutson

    Date: February 13, 2020, 11:15am – 1:00pm
    PayneWest Insurance
    1105 E Main St
    Bozeman, MT 59715
    $15 for GVHRA Members/$40 for Non-Members
    Event Type:
    GHVRA Hosted - Meeting
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    Generally, the GVHRA meetings are held according to the following schedule; however, please refer to the specific meeting flyer sent via email from the GVHRA President as dates/times/locations are subject to change.

    11:15 a.m.—11:30 a.m.: Registration
    11:30 a.m.—Noon: Lunch
    Noon– 1:00 p.m.: PRESENTATION

    BIO of Presenter

    Teri Knutson has worked for the State of Montana for the last 28 years.  Since 2007 she has worked with Returning Citizens, and established outreach programs to; Gallatin and Park County Detention Centers (which are the only location where Job Service assistance is available to local detention centers in the state of Montana), the Gallatin County Pre-Release Center, Park County Probation and Parole office and Southwest Chemical Dependency Center.


    In 2018 she spearheaded and conducted the first job fair “Jail to Jobs” held at the Gallatin County Detention center.  This is the first and only job fair to take place at a detention center in the state of Montana.  Jail to Jobs Events now occurs on a quarterly basis and successfully matches employers to the incarcerated population.


    As a workforce consultant she meets with an average of 221 individuals with criminal backgrounds on a yearly basis.  Part of her efforts include facilitating the enrollment of job seekers into the State Apprenticeship and On the Job Training programs.  The results of these efforts have improved employability and increased earnings for this population.  Improving employment outcomes and wages has a substantial effect on the individuals’ chances of recidivating, crime and local tax expenditures.   


    Teri represented Job Service Bozeman as part of the Gallatin County Reentry Task Force.  In 2015 she was recognized by the Community Mediation Center as a Peacemaker for her work with Returning Citizens.


    Teri received her BA in Communication (Extended Major) from Eastern Montana College, has been a soft skills trainer, is PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) certified and is in the process of becoming a Human Rights Trainer through the State of Montana Department of Labor.


    Presentation Description:  

    I Seven best practices

    II Considering Criminal Conduct

    III Ban The Box

    IV Interviews

    V Criminal history / background checks

    VI Credit Reports

    VII 20 more best practices.

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    RSVPs help the GVHRA board, presenter, facility and caterers to accommodate all attendees.  Members who make a reservation and DO NOT attend will be charged.  Additionally, copies of presentation materials and food may not be available for those who do not RSVP.