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What are Rhode Island Inmate Records?

Inmate records are documents with information on persons serving time in a correctional facility in Rhode Island. Generally, information obtained from these documents includes the inmate's biodata including, full name, sex, and date of birth, as well as sentencing information, such as a summary criminal history, charges, DOC number, bail/bond amount, sentence length, and release date. This information is open to interested members of the public per the Access to Public Records Act.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) oversees a total of 7 adult correctional Institutions (ACI) (5 male and 2 female) located on the Pastore Government Center Complex in Cranston, Rhode Island. This list contains the physical address and contact information of the state prisons in Rhode Island:

Anthony P. Travisono Intake Service Center
18 Slate Hill Road
P.O. Box 8249
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-3801

High-Security Center
54 Power Road
P.O. Box 8200
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-1266

Maximum Security
1375 Pontiac Avenue
P.O. Box 8273
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-2637

Bernadette Building (Women's Minimum & Work Release)
15 Fleming Road
Cranston, RI 02920

Gloria McDonald Women's Facility
20 Fleming Road
P.O. Box 8312
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-2366

Minimum Security
16 Howard Avenue
P.O. Box 8212, Cranston 02920
Phone: (401) 462-1234

John J. Moran Medium Security Facility
51 West Road
P.O. Box 8274,
Cranston 02920
Phone: (401) 462-3702

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Rhode Island Prison and Jail

The RIDOC allows for interested parties to send funds to incarcerated persons using various methods, including:

  • By phone
  • By mail
  • Online
  • In-person
  • Through a kiosk

Individuals who wish to send funds to someone in prison must be on the inmate's visiting list. One option is to deposit by phone, calling the toll-free number (866) 345-1884. Phone call deposits come with a fee of $3.95. Another option is to make an internet deposit into an inmate's account via Access Corrections. The sender must know the inmate's identification number and full name. Meanwhile, individuals who wish to make in-person deposits may visit the inmate accounts office during business hours. Also, senders can also visit nearby kiosks to send money to a person in prison. On the other hand, persons sending money through the mail can make personal checks or money orders payable to:

Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Inmate Accounts Office
51 West Road, Building 138
Cranston, RI 02920

How to Visit an Inmate in Rhode Island Prison and Jail

Visitation rules are standard for both prisons and jails in Rhode Island. While the RIDOC sets general guidelines for prison and jail visitations, each facility sets the visiting schedule. Before visiting, the individual must know the facility where the incarcerated person is currently serving time. Persons who do not know the facility of incarceration may use the RIDOC prison lookup tool to perform a free inmate search by name or identification number.

Once the intending visitor confirms the facility of incarceration, they must apply for visitation privileges. The facility administrator typically performs national and state background checks before allowing the individual to visit. Note that all visitors must present valid, government-issued photo identification at the reception desk during visitations.

How to Perform a Rhode Island Prison Inmate Search

The RIDOC maintains a central online repository to fnd a person in jail in Rhode Island. The inmate search is available for public inspection online using the inmate's identification number or full name. However, name-based searches tend to return several results. Providing additional information, such as the inmates' race, sex, and age helps narrow down the search results. Note that juvenile inmate records are not publicly available under the state's public records law.

How to Perform a Rhode Island County Jail Inmate Search

The state of Rhode Island does not have city or county jails. However, interested parties can run an inmate lookup through local police department websites. All other information regarding incarcerated persons can be found through the RIDOC website.

The Difference between Rhode Island State Prisons and County Jail

Rhode Island's state prisons and county jails are operated by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. The department is responsible for the custody and care of all inmates in the state's prison and jail system.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections operates seven state prisons including the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) in Cranston and the John J. Moran Medium Security Facility in Bristol. The ACI houses adult male and female offenders, while the Moran Facility houses adult male offenders.

In addition to these two state facilities, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections also oversees seven county jails. These facilities are located in: Newport County, Washington County, Kent County, Providence County, Newport County, Washington County, and Kent County.

Rhode Island county jails are operated by the sheriff's office in each respective county. Each county jail is responsible for the custody and care of all inmates in their facility.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections also operates a pre-release center in Cranston, which is a halfway house for offenders who are nearing the end of their sentence. The pre-release center provides offenders with resources and support to help them transition back into society.

How to Find an Inmate Release Date

Inmate records obtained from the Rhode Island prison lookup tool will contain an inmate's release date unless the record custodian restricts the information for privacy or security reasons. In such cases, only the inmate's immediate family members, crime victims, attorneys, and authorized law enforcement officials, will have access to the inmate's exact release date. At best, the public will only have access to the month and year of release.

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  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
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  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
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