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Rhode Island

Map of Rhode Island with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

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230

460

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

1,237

33%

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

35

>100%

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

355

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Intake Service Center

State Facilities

462107

Medium Security Facility

State Facilities

36890

Maximum Security Facility

State Facilities

33569

Cranston Adult Womens Correctional Institution

State Facilities

4933

ICE Wyatt Detention Center

ICE Detention Centers

35N/A

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

1

number of courts

1

number of facilities

3

compassionate releases granted

3

filings coded by our team

Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.

For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID-19

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)Date*Overall population reduction/total number of releases**Population prior to releases***Known facility capacity****Release detailsSource
Rhode IslandStatewide prisonsProsecutors, Public Defender, DOC4/4/2020522740Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
  1. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.

  2. *date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.

  3. **total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.

  4. ***last reported inmate population before releases were realized

  5. ****capacity is often determined differently across jurisdictions and some facilities often report more than one capacity number. In these cases, we report the higher of the figures available.

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID-19

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal or externalEffort concernsSource
Donald Wyatt Detention FacilityProvidence4/10/2020Never Again Rhode IslandCar RallyInternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Donald Wyatt Detention FacilityPrvidence6/1/2020ACLU of Rhode IslandLawsuitCoordinatedTesting procedures
Donald Wyatt Detention FacilityProvidence4/3/2020 - 4/7/202070 detaineesHunger StrikeExternalAccelerated releases
StatewideProvidence4/17/2020AMOR RI - Alianza para Movilizar Nuestra ResistenciaCar RallyInternalAccelerated releases
  1. You can find our full dataset here.