Rhode Island has only one type of long-term confinement facility for felons; these are called prisons. There are eight state prisons in Rhode Island. Four of them serve males only, and the other two have female inmates.
The State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections is the government entity that manages all the facilities, supervises inmates, and maintains all the Rhode Island state prison inmate records. They make it easy to perform a Rhode Island state prison inmate search through their inmate locator feature on their website. Someone searching for an inmate could also contact the State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections or the facility itself. The state of Rhode Island uses a unified correctional system, meaning they have only prisons for both short-term and long-term inmates. They have no local jails and no federal facilities.
The male facilities in Rhode Island are:
The female facilities in Rhode Island include:
Along with confinement and supervision, the state prisons in Rhode Island, offer inmates educational services (including degree programs), healthcare services, along with substance abuse and mental illness treatment and reentry services. They also allow inmates visitation with family and friends, access to telephone services, a full library of reading material, mail, and money for the commissary.
The State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections mission statement reads: “The mission of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) is to contribute to public safety by maintaining a balanced correctional system of institutional and community programs that provide a range of custodial options, supervision, and rehabilitative services in order to facilitate successful offender reentry into the community upon release.” Fourteen hundred staff members support this mission every day as they supervise and help to rehabilitate state offenders. The Department of Corrections is overseen by the Governor and Director, Patricia A. Coyne-Fague. They also provide victim services for those who have been affected by inmates staying in their prisons.
There are about 2,900 people in prison in Rhode Island, which is nearly half the national average. The majority of inmates in Rhode Island prisons are White (42%), 27% are Black, and 24.7% are Hispanic. Seventy-five percent of them are also single. Fifty-two percent of the males released were re-sentenced and returned to prison within three years. Almost 95% of all inmates are male. A shocking 51% are in prison due to violent offenses. After that, the top reasons are non-violent offenses, sex offenses, and drugs.