What are Rhode Island Inmate Records?
Rhode Island inmate records are the documents, forms, and digital media that follow an inmate through the criminal justice system. They may consist of audio, video, mugshots, fingerprints, police reports, court records, and computerized records.
Typically, inmate records contain the offender’s name, date of birth, age, race, gender, and a physical description, including their eye and hair color, height, weight, and any scars or tattoos.
Rhode Island Prison and Jail System
Rhode Island is one of the few states in the U.S. with a unified correctional system. That means that all pretrial detainees, arrested individuals, and long-term inmates are held under the responsibility of the State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections.
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections operates seven correctional facilities located in Pastore Government Center Complex in Cranston, Rhode Island. There are approximately 2,900 inmates in state prisons in Rhode Island and 530 in federal prisons.
Some local Sheriff’s offices do have local county jail houses to hold inmates before they are moved to the RIDOC’s control.
How to Search for Inmates in Rhode Island
The State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections has an offender locator tool on its website. However, they have a long disclaimer stating that the records are available “as is,” and they may not reflect the official record.
You must agree to the disclaimer to access the tool. Then you can search by inmate ID, name, race, gender, age-range, or last known location. The results display in a nice orderly list with a link to see more information. The additional details will show a lot of information about all criminal charges and sentencing. You may also find the offender’s possible release date and facility information.
You can also use a third-party tool like InfoTracer to quickly and easily find someone incarcerated in the state of Rhode Island.
Types of Jails in Rhode Island
How to Contact, Send Money to or Visit an Inmate in Rhode Island
The state of Rhode Island has a lot of strict rules about inmate visitation. For example, if you are a convicted felon and not an immediate family member, you cannot visit. Inmates and visitors must follow all the rules during visitation. They do offer video visitation also. Anyone visiting must be on the inmate’s approved visitor list.