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
- 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
Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.