About Dismas

National leadership is an important mission

Dismas — founded in 1964 and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky — operates 30 state and federal residential re-entry centers and support offices in 13 states. We serve as the primary re-entry point for nearly 7,000 offenders returning to society from state and federal prisons each year.

Dismas operates as Diersen Charities in New Mexico and Tennessee.

stpat2Crime is a community-wide problem. Therefore, our program involves experienced staff, families, faith-based institutions, employers, volunteers, and other service organizations to ensure successful re-integration of our residents. Our centers connect offenders with thousands of job opportunities every year. Those who would otherwise be confined to prison reside in our centers, where they work, provide valuable community service, and pay taxes, child support, fines, or other restitution.

Dismas provides quality, cost-effective community-based supervision and support services while focusing on Healing the Human Spirit. We believe all individuals are entitled to be treated with respect and compassion.

Our success — past and future — lies in our spirit, our pioneering use of technology, our continuous development of new ways to deliver services and our high-performance staff culture. Whether we are currently in your community, or planning to be there in the future, you will see the difference Dismas makes. Read more about us here, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.