Residential Reentry Programs as the Solution

For over 40 years, Dismas House of Nashville has served as a beacon of hope for formerly incarcerated desperately looking for a second chance. To date, we have served more than 1,000 formerly incarcerated. Nationally, almost 70% of formerly incarcerated 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 barriers to reentry, including: finding safe living quarters, discrimination in employment, lack of transportation, finding adequate treatment for substance abuse, mental illness, and medical needs.

The Solution

Compared to the recidivism rate in Tennessee of nearly 50%, residents who complete the Dismas program have a 19% rate of return and are therefore far less likely to return to prison.

When Dismas was founded in 1974, the number of individuals incarcerated in the United States was 300,000.