Employment Connection was founded in 1977 after a study by the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis (BAMSL) discovered that employed ex-offenders were 66% less likely to return to incarceration. Our agency immediately began work to reduce recidivism. Employment Connection is also partnering with the City of St. Louis’ Health Department and Cure Violence Global to reduce gun violence in the Wells-Goodfellow/Hamilton Heights and Dutchtown neighborhoods in St. Louis.