Prison Overcrowding: Rhode Island

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Rhode Island’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures FY 2008

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $193.3 million
  • Percentage of the state general fund: 5.5%
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $46,248

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 1,400
  • Total number of adult institutions: 8
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 3,860
  • Escaped: 12
  • Average total length of sentence: 17.2 months


  • Facilities: 39
  • Population: 27,474
  • 1 out of every 39 adult residents in RI is on probation or parole

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • The average inmate population grew from FY ’07 to FY ’08 by 2.4 percent.
  • The average total population in FY ’08 was at 90 percent of total federal capacity.
  • Two of RI’s correctional facilities are over 100 percent capacity.
  • A 10 year forecast of RI’s prison population, conducted by Wendy Naro-Ware of JFA Associates/The Institute, estimates the population will grow 21%, putting RI over both the operational and federal capacities by 2014.

Points of Contact

Rhode Island Department of Corrections
40 Howard Avenue
Crandton, RI 02920
(401) 462-3900

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

Helpful Links

Rhode Island Department of Corrections

2008 Annual Report

See also:

South Dakota Prison Overcrowding