Rhode Island State Records
What are Inmate Records?
Inmate records provide interested persons with information and data on offenders detained, booked or imprisoned in correctional facilities run by the state or any other municipality. In compliance with U.S. law, all or some of this information may be obtained by interested persons depending on the authority of the requestor. These records include the full name, nationality, gender and date of birth of detainees housed in the state, county or city-run correctional facilities. Other information contained in the records may include criminal information and charges of the inmates as well as their DOC numbers, bail/bond amounts, sentences, and impending court or release dates.
Rhode Island Prison Structure
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) serves as the agency tasked with the oversight of correctional institutions in Rhode Island. Persons detained and awaiting trial and sentenced offenders, regardless of the length of their sentence, are housed under the unified correctional system administered by the RIDOC. The agency 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. Information about the capacity of each facility is provided here.
Can Anyone Visit an Inmate?
Certain persons are restricted from visiting an inmate. Visits are not permitted for a person with a pending criminal charge, a felony criminal record, a misdemeanor record related to drugs, on probation or who pled nolo contendere unless they are members of the inmate’s immediate family.
Any immediate family member with a criminal record, criminal charges or as stated above may only be allowed to visit an inmate with the approval of the Assistant Director of Institutions and Operations (ADIO) or the warden of the particular facility they intend to visit.
Anyone who does not pass the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and National Criminal Investigation Center (NCIC) background investigations is not allowed to visit an inmate. Immediate family members who fail their background checks may only visit with the written approval of the ADIO or the warden of the facility they intend to visit.
Minors who are accompanied by an adult may visit an inmate in Rhode Island. If any adult other than the minor’s parent or guardian accompanies the minor to an inmate facility, a written consent from the parent or guardian must be provided, the parent or legal guardian of the minor must on the first visit to the facility present themselves to the reception desk officer and sign paperwork authorizing the other adult to accompany the child on subsequent visits. Minor’s birth certificate must also be presented
How to Send Money to an Inmate in a Rhode Island Facility
Inmates in Rhode Island are allowed 3 visits per week unless they are under administrative restrictions. Inmates are allowed to submit a maximum of 9 names for their visiting list during the admissions and orientation process. 2 additional names may be permitted on the visiting list for the purpose of mailing or sending money to the inmate. The inmate is required to provide information such as full names, addresses, dates of birth of the prospective visitors and their relationship with them. Inmates are responsible for sending the visitors list to from the Admissions and Orientation( A&T) to their designated custody officer.
- RIDOC conducts background checks on prospective visitors with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The prospective visitor may be allowed 1 visit pending the clearance from the background checks which may take up to 30 days for the NCIC.
- All visitors must be cleared with the background check. A separate internal consideration process may be made for prospective visitors who were not cleared during the background checks.
- Visitors must appear on the days and times they are scheduled to visit. The reception officer is required to collect visitor’s valid photo identification to confirm their identity and whether their names appear on the inmate’s approved visiting list and they are scheduled for that date.
- All approved visitors are required to register at the appropriate facility’s front desk on the scheduled visiting day to sign the visitors' register.
- Visitors must go through a mandatory screening process on arrival at the facility, which may include searches by a person, equipment or canine, passing through a metal detector, pat-downs,
- Visitors may be denied entry if they fail to submit to mandatory screening or are found to have violated the facility’s visiting schedules, dress code, rules, and regulations.
- The RIDOC Visits policy document provides detailed information that may guide a visitor before and during visits to a RIDOC facility.
For further inquiry, an interested person may contact the appropriate facility at:
P.O. Box 8273, Cranston 02920
Phone: (401) 462-2637 After hours (401) 462-2034 (facility may be contacted on this line after regular business hours.)
High Security Center
P.O. Box 8200, Cranston 02920
Phone: (401) 462-1266
After hours (401) 462-2196
Anthony P. Travisono Intake Service Center
P.O. Box 8249, Cranston, 02920
Phone: (401) 462-3801
After hours (401) 462-3805
Bernadette(Women's Minimum & Work Release)
Gloria McDonald(Women's Medium Security & Intake)
P.O. Box 8312, Cranston, 02920
Phone: (401) 462-2366
After hours (401) 462-2300
P.O. Box 8212, Cranston 02920
Phone: (401) 462-1234
After hours: (401) 462-2162
Medium John J. Moran Facility
P.O. Box 8274,
Phone: (401) 462-3702
After hours: (401) 462-3712
How to Send Money to an Inmate In Rhode Island
Inmates are not allowed to have money on their person. All funds acquired by the inmate either as payment for work done or as gifts or donations from family and friends are held in trust for the inmate by the RIDOC Accounts unit. Any interested person may deposit money into the inmate’s trust account by mail or online payment.
Mail. A bank draft, money order or check may be made payable to the Road Island Department of Corrections and containing the inmate's name and identification number, may be sent by mail to:
RI Department of Corrections
Inmate Accounts Office
51 West Road, Bldg. 138
Cranston, RI 0292
Online payments into the inmate’s trust account may be made by visiting the AccessCorrections website or downloading their Phone app. Payments may be made by credit or debit cards. The depositor may call the toll-free line to speak with a representative if they have further questions at (866) 345-1884.
The depositor may find Cash walk-in locations closest to them by visiting and enrolling on www.CashPayToday.com or calling 844-340-CASH(2274). Depositors are required to present photo identification such as driver’s license, state ID, Passport. For more information, the depositor may call the Inmate Accounts Unit at (401) 462-2670
How to Obtain Inmate Records from State Correctional Facilities
Interested persons can view information inmates held in a RIDOC facility on the RIDOC webpage. The department's online inmate search service allows an inquirer to view information about the inmate such as the first name, last name, alias, case number, race sex, age, the last facility in which they were being held as at the time the information was updated, security level, whether intake, minimum or maximum security.
Requesters are advised to include an inmate number during their search. Although the search tool works with partial information, the results yielded may contain information about all inmates other than the one of particular interest. Results can also be filtered by providing additional details such as the inquirer's e age, last known city of residence, race and more.
Full Criminal Case Details:
- Domestic Violence
- Parole Violation
- Probation Violation
- Sexual Assault
Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.
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