Why we need Rutland Dismas House

In Vermont, the number of people either in jail or on furlough, probation or parole has increased from around 7,500 in 1994 to 16,829 in 2013. The cost of incarceration in 2013 was $58,144 per person. The cost for a resident of Rutland Dismas House in 2013 was $18,771. Clearly, Dismas House is a cost–effective way to address this problem.

“We were inspired to start Rutland Dismas House after experiencing success with Vermont Dismas House which was established in Burlington in 1986.  It is an effective, life-giving model that brings stability to former prisoners in Rutland and greater safety to the community.”

– Senator Rita Whalen McCaffrey