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Society of St. Dismas was founded by Frank Costantino, an ex-felon who was released in January of 1972 from the Florida Department of Corrections. Frank Costantino was sentenced to a 22 ½ year prison term for burglary and other related crimes. He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life two years before he was paroled. “And it changed my life completely.”

Upon leaving prison, Frank had a calling and an urge to return and share with other prisoners his testimony of God’s transforming love. The chaplain at Raeford Prison, Rev. Max Jones, asked if he would be willing to return to the prison and talk to the prisoners. After careful consideration Frank agreed.

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