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How Are Inmate Records in Rhode Island Created and Stored?

Rhode Island inmate records are created by law enforcement officials and correctional staff. It begins when someone is first arrested, and a RAP sheet is filled out with the suspect’s name, address, physical description, and crime details. After that, anything that happens in the inmate’s life is recorded into the file. Files are updated daily as the inmate goes to trial, is sentenced, moved to a different facility, or receives medical care. The State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) is the agency in charge of inmate records, and they store them online in a database making it easy for others to perform an inmate search any time.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in Rhode Island?

Finding someone in a Rhode Island jail or prison is very easy due to the fact that the state uses a unified justice system. All inmates, including pretrial detainees, long-term inmates sentenced to life and all others in between are housed in the same seven facilities. The State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections maintains, and stores inmate records and keeps them all online, making it easy to lookup a Rhode Island inmate. Follow these simple instructions to use the Rhode Island inmate locator tool and find someone in prison or jail in Rhode Island:

  1. Visit the State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections website .
  2. Agree to the disclaimer by clicking on the “I Agree” button.
  3. Enter the inmate’s last name, inmate ID, first name, name type, race, sex, age, or last known town of residence.
  4. Click the “Search” button.
  5. Review the results which show in a table. You will see the inmate’s ID, name, race, gender, age, and facility.
  6. You can click on “Inmate Details” in any row to see more information about each one.

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What Does Rhode Island’s Prison System Look Like?

Unlike most states, Rhode Island uses a unified justice system which means all the facilities and programs are completely managed and run by the same agency, The State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections and Director, Patricia A. Coyne-Fague. The Rhode Island correctional system is comprised of the following:

  • 7 State Prisons
  • 2 Juvenile Detention Center Facilities
  • 0 Federal Prisons
  • 0 County Jails
  • Reentry and transitional facilities and programs

Did you Know?

  • 0.29% of people in Rhode Island are under correctional control, from which 22,781 are on probation, and 460 are on parole.
  • Every year, about 1,021 people walk out of prison gates in Rhode Island, but people go to jail 1.0 times more each year
  • 94% of prison inmates in Rhode Island are male, 6% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Rhode Island increased by 255 percent (from $56,263,616 to $199,476,000).
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the Rhode Island prison population decreased by 23%

Types of Jails/Prisons in Rhode Island

Most states have state-run facilities, sometimes federal prisons and local jails to hold pretrial detainees. Rhode Island, however, uses a unified justice system, and they house all inmates under the same facilities. They have seven state prisons which hold long and short-term inmates. They also have two juvenile detention center facilities which are operated and run by the State of Rhode Island, Department of Children, Youth and Families.

How Many People are Locked up in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island’s prison system holds 3,103 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 3,103 residents are held in state prisons.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
State Prisons3,103

Rhode Island State Prisons

Rhode Island uses seven state prisons to hold both short-term and long-term inmates. They also have an intake center where inmates are brought in and evaluated for appropriate living arrangements and programs suited specifically to them. The seven prison facilities in Rhode Island are:

  • Anthony P. Travisono Intake Service Center (ISC).
  • High-Security Center (HSC).
  • Maximum Security.
  • John J. Moran Medium Security Facility.
  • Donald Price Medium Security Facility.
  • Minimum Security.
  • Gloria McDonald Awaiting Trial and Medium Security Facility - females only.
  • Bernadette Building - females only.

How to Search for State Prison Inmates

Rhode Island makes it very easy to search for an inmate in the state prison system. The unified justice system makes it even easier because all inmate records are kept in the same place online and searchable. Follow the instructions below to find an inmate in a Rhode Island state prison:

  1. Visit the State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections website .
  2. Agree to the disclaimer by clicking on the “I Agree” button.
  3. Enter the inmate’s last name, inmate ID, first name, name type, race, sex, age, or last known town of residence.
  4. Click the “Search” button.
  5. Review the results which show in a table. You will see the inmate’s ID, name, race, gender, age, and facility.
  6. You can click on “Inmate Details” in any row to see more information about each one.

Rhode Island Juvenile Detention Centers

The State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families, is the government agency in charge of juvenile detention centers. Their mission is to “promote positive outcomes for youth and to reduce recidivism for youth within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.” They have two facilities that ensure this mission, and they are:

  • The Rhode Island Training School.
  • The Office of Juvenile Probation.

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

Juvenile records are kept private until the inmate turns 18. Then they are given the option of applying to have their juvenile records expunged. Therefore, searching for juvenile records online won’t be possible. However, someone wanting to locate an inmate in a Rhode Island juvenile detention center can contact the State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families to ask questions. On their website, they do provide information on visitation and phone calls.

Rhode Island Reentry Facilities

The state of Rhode Island also runs reentry programs that start when the inmate is sentenced. They contract with transitional facilities to assist in the reintegration into society upon release. These programs offer inmates the following types of assistance while they are confined and beyond: “educational services, health services, parenting, domestic violence and batterer’s intervention programming, substance abuse treatment, sex offender treatment, cognitive restructuring, trauma therapy, mentoring, and spiritual/religious programming.” All of these programs and facilities are overseen by the State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

How to Search for a Rhode Island Inmate in a Reentry Center or Transitional Facility

Regardless of where an inmate is in their rehabilitation, the State of Rhode Island’s Department of Corrections is monitoring and managing them. Therefore, anyone wanting to locate an inmate in the Rhode Island prison system can use the instructions below to quickly find someone in a reentry center or transitional facility in Rhode Island:

  1. Visit the State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections website .
  2. Agree to the disclaimer by clicking on the “I Agree” button.
  3. Enter the inmate’s last name, inmate ID, first name, name type, race, sex, age, or last known town of residence.
  4. Click the “Search” button.
  5. Review the results which show in a table. You will see the inmate’s ID, name, race, gender, age, and facility.
  6. You can click on “Inmate Details” in any row to see more information about each one.

Why are People Incarcerated in Rhode Island?

Only about 3,600 people are incarcerated in the state of Rhode Island. Of that total, 2,900 are in state prison. Only 530 are in federal prisons in other states, and about 200 reside in juvenile detention centers. Precisely 50% of all male inmates in Rhode Island committed violent acts. Another 12.8% are in prison due to sex crimes, another 12.8% are in for drug charges, and 17% are there for non-violent crimes. For females, about 41% are in prison for violent offenses. Another 17% are there due to drugs, and 31.3% are in prison for non-violent crimes.

Rhode Island’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Rhode Island’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 192, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 57%. The number of Rhode Island prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 3,103, from which 6% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 2,927 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total197190193178204192170
Male390376384354408382337
Female15151512111313

Where Do Rhode Island Inmates Go When They are Released?

The state of Rhode Island has extensive programs aimed at recidivism that begin when the inmate is sentenced. Programs that follow them all the way through the justice system include help with job placement, family relations, parenting, education, drug and mental illness treatment and facilities designed to ease them back into society after they have been released. Some inmates who do not participate in these reentry programs will simply go back home to family and friends.

How Does Parole Work in Rhode Island?

Parole in Rhode Island is when someone is released early before their sentence is up. This is a privilege granted by the Rhode Island parole board. Only inmates who do not pose a danger to society and have behaved well in prison will get parole. It is a supervisory program where the inmate must regularly check-in with a parole officer and complete other tasks. If they fail to follow the rules of their parole, they will return to prison for the remainder of their sentence.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 460
Entries: 239
Exits: 220
Change in 2016: 4%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Rhode Island?

Sometimes a Rhode Island judge will order probation instead of prison. This allows the offender to remain free and continue to work while also following some court-ordered stipulations. These may include routine drug tests, wearing a monitoring device, and regular check-ins with their probation officer. If they violate any of the terms of their probation, they will immediately go to prison. Generally, probation lasts a number of months or years.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 22,781
Entries: 0
Exits: 0
Change in 2016: -4%

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