What is Re-entry?

For over 40 years, Dismas House of Nashville has served as a beacon of hope for former offenders desperately looking for a second chance. To date, we have served more than 1,000 former offenders. Nationally, almost 70% of former inmates commit additional crimes and are rearrested within three years, and 50% return to prison.

Incarceration by the numbers:

  • When Dismas was founded, the number of individuals incarcerated in the United States was 300,000.
  • Today, that number is 2.2 million. While the U.S. makes up only 5% of the world’s population, we make up 25% of the world’s prison population.
  • This crisis of mass incarceration is a 700% increase in the prison population in the last 40+ years.
  • 95% of those incarcerated will be released, of which many will face several q barriers to re-entry, including: finding safe living quarters, discrimination in employment, lack of transportation, finding adequate treatment for substance abuse, mental illness, and medical needs.

The Solution

Dismas programming has resulted in only 19% of its former offender residents returning to prison. Our vision is that those we serve remain free from incarceration by becoming self-sufficient, contributing members of society. We help them do that by providing holistic, client-specific services that build a positive support system so that residents can address addictive behaviors and other medical concerns, achieve financial stability, secure long-term housing, and most importantly, have hope.