Interview: Rita McCaffrey, Dismas House
08/15/05 12:00AM By Steve Zind
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Dismas House in Vermont is one of the organizations that provides transitional housing for former inmates. The first Dismas House opened in Burlington in 1986. A Rutland home began operating in 1990. Each is run by paid staff and community volunteers. Funding comes from fees paid by residents of Dismas House, and private and public dollars.
Rita McCaffrey of Rutland helped found Vermont's first Dismas House and today serves as state director. In the second part of our special two-part report on the, nationwide discussion around the release of prisoners from overcrowded facilities, VPR's Steve Zind talked with her about the program.
(To hear Steve's interview with Rita McCaffrey, click on the "Listen" icon.)