A little bit ago, Dismas Charities announced that it’ll drop its luxury suites at athletic facilities.
Here’s the text of the release:
Dismas Charities, inc. today announced that it is relinquishing its leases for suites at the University of Louisville’s football stadium and basketball arena after a unanimous vote by its Board of Directors.
The vote came after a meeting last week in which University of Louisville Athletic Department officials agreed to terminate the leases and return all funds paid. In addition, Dismas is working to terminate its lease for the caboose at the football stadium, which is not controlled by the University.
“We have heard the concerns of the community about the suites and listened,” said Jim Simon, Chairman of the Dismas Board. “Our board unanimously supported this decision and we’re grateful to the University of Louisville Athletic Department for working with us on this matter.”
“To the community at large, we apologize and ask for understand,” said Ray Weis, Dismas CEO. “We’re sorry that our communities, supporters and employees have been affected by this matter.
“We will be working in the coming months to help the community better understand our role in Louisville and the benefits we provide as a good neighbor, employer and corporate citizen. We look forward to putting this issue behind us.”
Founded in 1964, Dismas operates 26 state and federal re-entry centers in 12 states and serves as a transition point for nearly 7,000 offenders returning to society from prison every year.
Good or bad damage control?
State Auditor Crit Luallen’s office tells me they’ll continue with the review of policies and oversight of the board that allowed those expenditures to be made.