The state of Rhode Island has only one type of juvenile detention center for youth offenders. It is called The Rhode Island Training School. It holds pretrial detainees and juvenile offenders who have been sentenced by the courts to confinement. It provides secure detention for both male and female inmates. Along with supervision, they also provide security, education, behavioral health, health, and transition services.
The State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, Juvenile Correctional Services Division, is the government agency in charge of all facilities, inmates, and all Rhode Island juvenile inmate records. It is impossible to run a Rhode Island juvenile detention center inmate search online, so anyone in search of an inmate would have to contact the State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families Juvenile Correctional Services Division directly. They also have an extensive probation program run by the Office of Juvenile Probation. Probation is reserved for low-risk youth offenders, which allows them to remain free and stay home but follow specific guidelines and strict rules of community supervision instead.
The mission of the DCYF is: “The mission of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) is to partner with families and communities to raise safe and healthy children and youth in a caring environment.”
As a help to family and youth offenders, the Juvenile Correctional Services Division puts out a helpful handbook called The Rhode Island Training School Resident Handbook.
Rhode Island has one state-run juvenile detention center called The Rhode Island Training School. Their website states that: “All youth incarcerated at the RITS receive educational services in accordance with their academic level and/or specific individual education plan. The RITS educational program is approved as an alternative educational program and adheres to Rhode Island Department of Education regulations. Goals and objectives consistent with this mission are developed annually to measure the effectiveness of programming for residents.”
Each program is individualized for gender and cultural specificity.
There are only about 200 youth offenders in juvenile detention in Rhode Island. Three percent are females and the rest male. Most of them are in confinement due to committing simple assault, robbery, or felony assault. Larceny, shoplifting, and drug charges are also high on the list of reasons these inmates are in prison.