Re-Entry Gumbo: Employer Engagement: A Key Ingredient For Successful Supervision


Wednesday, February 2, 2022
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Session Type: Workshop

Louisiana is known for its unique cuisine and we like to compare daily tasks with cooking. This workshop provides a “recipe” for Re-Entry Gumbo with a focus on a key ingredient – Employer Engagement. Gumbo is cooked in a large pot and is a mixture of many ingredients. Most ingredients are taken from what is on-hand in the kitchen, and after simmering for hours, reaches its perfection. Gumbo, like successful re-entry, is a complex mixture of ingredients. A former probation and parole officer and the family gumbo cooker – will walk participants through the process of taking what is on hand (ingredients) and putting them together (the pot) to create the perfect gumbo (the recipe for second chance hiring). This presentation follows Right on Crime’s employer forums that were implemented with community partners, employers, probation and parole, and law enforcement to inform employers of the business case for second chance hiring.


Mr. Scott E Peyton
State Director, Right on Crime

SCOTT PEYTON is Right on Crime's state director for Louisiana and Mississippi. Scott has over twelve years of work experience with the State of Louisiana: first as a Child Welfare Specialist, then as a Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer, and prior to joining Right on Crime he worked in Adult Probation and Parole as a Specialist supervising violent offender caseloads. Scott has spent time as both a volunteer and reserve Deputy Sheriff, as well as providing, as needed, support to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center working as a correctional officer. He was a certified Peace Officer Standards and Training instructor and has taught at the Probation and Parole Police Academy. Scott has witnessed first-hand the need for criminal justice reform, the impacts of rehabilitation and re-entry programs, and the inner workings of the Louisiana Probation and Parole system. Scott trained as a medic in the Louisiana National Guard before being honorably discharged in 1991. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (1992), and Louisiana State University at Shreveport with a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration (2020). Scott is an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church and resides in Louisiana with his wife and six children.