Not Just Second Chance but Better Chance Hiring


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

We are called Safe Staffing because we make it safer to hiring Returning Citizens (aka formerly incarcerated individuals). In fact, we provide better second chances with reentry supportive services such as (reentry employment (, housing (, transportation (, and life coaching). We are passionate about empowering people to cultivate fulfilling careers while helping companies succeed. Second chance hiring is a great opportunity for both employer and employee growth. When companies consider all qualified candidates, even those with a criminal record, they grow stronger and more diverse because of it. Second chance hiring is not a hand-out or preferential treatment but a hand-up for those convicted of a crime. It’s simply a fair shot and equal treatment for all qualified applicants. This workshop will: •aid law enforcement with better second chance resource referral options •aid employers who are looking for a safe pathway to becoming a second chance employer •aid reentry providers on how to partner a good staffing agency that also provide wrap-around services for their participants •aid returning citizens (aka formerly incarcerated individuals) on how to find and obtain second chance employment


Gary McCrea
COO, Safe Staffing

Gary McCrea is the Chief Operating Officer of S.A.F.E. Staffing LLLP which oversees Human Resources, Payroll, Talent Acquisition and Client Relations Management. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Claflin University and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management and Development from National Louis University. He has over 20 years’ experience as an Human Resources professional with comprehensive knowledge of benefits, compensation, recruitment, employee relations, human resources information systems (HRIS) and strong leadership skills. Gary is a Certified Life Coach that focus on reducing recidivism as well as transforming lives. In addition, he is a Certified Project Manager through Project Management Leadership Group. Gary is an ordained pastor of the gospel. He is a native of Kingstree, S.C. Gary is married and has a beautiful daughter, and they reside in Stone Mountain, GA.

Lee Robbins
President, Safe Staffing

Lee Robbins is a national reentry expert and Founder/CEO of Life Empowerment Enterprises, Inc. ( , a Life Coaching and Certification company. Lee has served as the Greater Gwinnett Re-entry ( President for which he is a perpetual volunteer connecting Partners, Providers, and Participants to reduce prison recidivism. Lee is the former Community Coordinator for the Department of Community Supervision ( and is committed to building networks of resources such as housing, jobs, transportation, education, food, etc. ( ) to help Returning Citizens not only have a second chance, but a better chance to succeed in life. Lee’s current focus is on a new reentry 3-tier staffing company named Safe Staffing ( to empower Returning Citizens to obtain jobs, develop careers through obtaining certifications and, for some, to become entrepreneurs under designated apprenticeship programs. Lee, was one of APPA’s 2019 Spotlight award winner. Lee Robbins has a Business Computer Informational Systems Bachelor’s Degree from University of Houston and a Master of Divinity Degree from Oral Roberts University. Lee Robbins is also the co-author of The Triumph Book: Break Bars which features his inspiring story as an innocent man sent to prison where his passion for reentry was ignited.