By Nick Horton on September 11, 2018
It was three and half years ago, at the Roger Williams University Symposium “Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration” (which I wrote about in RIFuture back in 2013), when Rhode Island started a difficult, ambitious statewide conversation about undertaking major criminal justice reform efforts. Now, at the end of another election cycle, voters that care […]
By Will Weatherly on June 25, 2018
At 4pm on Monday evening, where one would usually find state representatives milling about before their floor sessions, demonstrators gathered inside the State House to make one last plea to Governor Raimondo to veto Kristen’s Law, a statute which mandates a life sentence for individuals involved in the exchange of controlled substance in the case […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Politics, Prison Reform | Tagged ACI, Alan Gordon, Anne Armstrong, Gina Raimondo, Kristen's Law, Lisa Peterson, Moira Walsh, opioid crisis, Women's Action Initiative | Leave a response
By Will Weatherly on June 20, 2018
Amid reports that Gov. Raimondo is planning on signing Kristen’s Law (H 7715)—a bill passed in the House last week which mandates a life sentence for individuals who sell controlled substances involved in fatal overdoses—many are saying that the bill will only increase the number of overdose deaths, including one of the governor’s own appointees […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Health Care, Justice, News, Prison Reform | Tagged Department of Corrections, Dr. Josiah Rich, Gina Raimondo, Kristen's Law, Michael Galipeau, opioid crisis, Rhode Island User's Union, Senate Judiciary Committee, Steven Brown. ACLU | 5 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 29, 2017
Ashbel T. Wall is retiring in early 2018 after leading the Adult Corrections Institute for 18 years. Better known as A.T., he leaves his post as the longest serving warden in the nation with a reputation for bringing progressive reform to Rhode Island’s state prison system. “A.T. is a treasure and has dedicated his life […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 2, 2017
Well over 400 people converged on India Point Park for the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ). Sister marches were held across the country. In Providence, the “march” was actually more of a rally.
Posted in Activism, Arkansas, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex Work, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AMOR, Arely Díaz, Behind the Walls, Black Studies Academy of Rhode Island, Blue Lives Matter, Cata Lorenzo, Celeste Terry-Lo, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chhum, DARE, David Veliz, direct action for rights and equality, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, India Point Park, John Prince, Justice Gaines, M4RJ, Malchus Mills, March for Racial Justice, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Marco McWilliams, Narragansett Tribe, Niko Merritt, Nirva LaFortune, No LNG in PVD, Project Weber/RENEW, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Randy Noka, rent control, Ron Lewis, Sankofa Community Connection, Seneca Pender, Stephen Dy, Tatiana Jones, Times Squared Academy, Vanessa Flores-Maldonaldo, Yojaida Heredia | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on September 9, 2017
The state’s “civil death” law, enacted more than a century ago, declares people sentenced to life in prison to be “dead” for virtually all legal purposes, even though most of them are eligible for parole after 20 years.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, National News, Prison Reform, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, civil death statute, DOC, first amendment, Gina Raimondo, joe arpaio, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Richard Paiva, Steven Brown, Superior Court, Supremacy Clause | 2 Responses
By Jordan Seaberry on August 31, 2017
That Rhode Island’s 95.5 WBRU has, for around 50 years, served as Rhode Island’s alternative radio station and our state’s lifeline to the national music scene is only half of its significance. WBRU is also one of the community’s most direct communicative links into the Adult Correctional Institution. Listen to WBRU on Sundays and you’ll […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2017
“An attack on immigrants is an attack on all working people,” said Kelley, a business manager with IUPAT. “Whether you live on the west coast, or the east coast, or in the center of our country, if you attack one working person, regardless of immigration status, you attack all of us.”
Posted in Activism, California, Featured, Immigration, National News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Hugo Mejia, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT, IUPAT Local 83, Justice Gaines, Justin Kelley, Peter Kilmartin, RI Jobs with Justice, Rodrigo Nunez, Travis Air Force, UBC Local 68 | Leave a response
By Akeem King on May 24, 2017
If you want to measure the morality of a nation, just pay attention to how its treats its poor and its prisoners. Here in America, we incarcerate our citizens at a rate higher than any developed nation in the world. Attitudes about criminal behavior differ widely in other countries. A good example is Japan. In […]
By Sophia Wright on March 16, 2017
For the past two years, the Behind the Walls Committee at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) has led a campaign to provide fair access to public housing for people with criminal records and their families.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Housing, Photos, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, Dexter Manor, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, Manton Heights, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | Leave a response
By sophia@DARE on February 16, 2017
Current PHA (Providence Housing Authority) policy denies most formerly incarcerated people their right to safe and stable housing, as well as preventing them from reuniting with their families and reintegrating into society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
Immigration is complicated. Trump’s executive orders made it more complicated. Here’s what legal experts think, and where they don’t know what to think.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged 9th District, Andrew Horwitz, Chinese Exclusion Act, Deborah Gonzalez, Department of Homeland Security, donald trump, Guantanamo Bay, Immigration Law Clinic, Immigration Nationality Act, INA, islam, Jared Goldstein, lawful permanent residents, LPR, Neil Gorsuch, Peter Margulies, refugees, Roger Williams University School of Law, Supreme Court, visa holders | Leave a response
By Mark Binder on January 17, 2017
What if President Obama used his last days in office to pardon all the non-violent drug offenders in the federal justice system? According to PrisonPolicy.Org there are just over 100,000 drug offenders in federal prisons. Let’s say that half of them are non-violent offenders. That’s 50,000 men and women and children* who could be released before the inauguration. […]
By ACLU of RI on October 24, 2016
Speaker Mattiello and challenger Frias actually have 1,230 fewer constituents they have to reach out to and represent. Although they are treated as residents of District 15 for purposes of carving up that district, these incarcerated persons are not considered residents there for any other meaningful purpose, including for purposes of voting.
By Bob Plain on September 30, 2016
How many Rhode Island inmates are put in solitary confinement? Why are they there? How long do they stay? “And what do they actually look like,” asked Providence Rep. Aaron Regunberg, chair of a new state commission that will answer these and other important questions about the use of solitary confinement at the ACI.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Prison Reform, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, ACI, Adult Correctional Institutions, at wall, Richard Ferruccio | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 10, 2016
A march from Kennedy Plaza to the Providence Public Safety Complex, with a brief, tense stop in front of the Providence Place Mall was held in Providence Friday evening in solidarity with a National Prison Strike, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. After gathering in Kennedy Plaza, across from Providence City Hall, the […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2016
Two races of special importance to Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello are being influenced through mailers sent out by a not-so-mysterious group calling themselves “Progress RI” which is funded by the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (RIBCO).
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, Richard Ferruccio, RIPDA | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2016
Coincidentally, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to Minneapolis MN on the same day I made my first visit to the city. This turned a day that I had planned to spend sightseeing into a day of traveling to three different anti-Trump events.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Elections, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged donald trump | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2016
No press conferences were planned for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It took the death of police officers to do that. That alone signals our priorities as a culture.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alton Sterling, Donald Anderson, Eugene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, jim vincent, kobi dennis, Moira Walsh, Philando Castile, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven O'Donnell, Steven Pare | 4 Responses
By Nick Horton on June 20, 2016
The Justice Reinvestment reform package died at some point late last Friday night, passing the Senate but never making it out of the Judiciary Committee in the House. This was a surprising conclusion to nearly a year of momentum building around the issue of mass probation and mass incarceration, and is indicative of the uphill […]