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 […]
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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 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.
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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 Bob Plain on January 19, 2017
Prison is not only counter-productive, it’s also expensive. In Rhode Island, it costs $62,168 a year for every inmate at the ACI, according to figures provided by the state Department of Corrections, or $58,990 without administrative and capital costs. To put that number in perspective, it costs $25,184 to do a year at the University […]
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.
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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 ACLU of RI on May 25, 2016
Today’s ruling concluded that Cranston artificially inflated the population count of Ward 6, where the ACI is located, by treating all incarcerated persons as “residents” of the prison for redistricting purposes. Doing so, said the court, violates the rights of persons residing in other wards to equal representation as required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
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By Merissa Piccoli on December 15, 2015
Gender discrimination and the invisibility of women has been an issue in this world since before I was born. In my lifetime, I have seen attempts of changing this, steps toward gender equality. In my current situation, the invisibility of women is still an issue. I am currently doing a six-year sentence in the women’s […]
By Bruce Reilly on December 3, 2015
It is difficult, if not impossible, to pursue the goals of punishment at the same time as rehabilitation and reentry. Probation is a punishment, and Rhode Island is a national leader in this form of punishment. As noted recently in the Providence Journal, the Governor’s workgroup is looking at ways to amend the state’s practices. […]
By RI Future on November 5, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit on behalf of Jason Cook, an ACI inmate who, the suit alleged, was the victim of retaliation by prison officials for publicly criticizing RI Department of Corrections’ (DOC) mail policies and seeking legal assistance from the ACLU.
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By Laura Baumgardner on October 27, 2015
As human beings, we all have a strong desire to feel important to the world around us. The intense need to feel like we matter has a strong hold on our lives. If that is positive or negative … well, that is up to you. The feeling of loneliness, in a world that gives us […]
By Ralph Orleck on September 29, 2015
Racial injustice. Voting. Prisons. Entitlements. Zero tolerance. These are but a few of the topics written about by inmates enrolled in the Community College of Rhode Island Introductory Sociology class taught by Meghan Kallman in the John J. Moran Medium Security facility.
By Christopher Marsich on July 31, 2015
Imagine a herd of sheep on the range, with each animal going off in a different direction and doing their own thing. It would be a rancher’s worst nightmare, and would surely make the business of ranching far more difficult. Prisoners are not sheep, but the prison guards that watch over us wouldn’t mind if […]
By Michael Wheelock on June 2, 2015
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections is obligated under law to protect the public by providing ex-inmates with treatment in the community to help rehabilitate them as productive members of society. Too often it doesn’t meet this obligation. Inmates who return to difficult and stressful circumstances and lack supportive structures and services are at greater […]
By James Poston on May 12, 2015
Slavery is the most extreme form of stratification. It relegates people to the status of property for the purpose of producing labor. The slave is a commodity. The slave trade was very profitable on an economic level and very damaging on others. Slavery is now prohibited by every nation in the world and is declared […]
By Adrian Rojas on May 5, 2015
The very idea of experiencing an extended stay in a modern day prison should instill fear. Life is hard on the inside, and once you’re in the system it isn’t easy to break free. America’s cruel and impersonal justice system justifies its growth and very existence through the belief that it’s necessary to relieve society […]
By Norman Johnson on April 8, 2015
They say when someone is sentenced to prison it is for rehabilitation. Yet I will be eligible for parole before I am eligible to participate in one of the vocational programs at the ACI. Here in medium security, there is a carpentry, HVAC and barbers’ apprentice program. But prison policy says only inmates with fewer […]
By Darnell Hie on March 31, 2015
Parents, politicians, teachers and taxpayers must better prepare people for life after an institution. This holds true for both ACI inmates and Rhode Island high school students. Public high schools no longer stress hands on training. Instead, they focus on English, math, science, history, though these subjects are hard pressed to hold a teenagers’ attention […]