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Rhode Island 2019

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The Prison and Jail System

Rhode Island has a unified system which means there is an integrated state-level prison and jail system. There are six states with unified systems. They are: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

As of December 31, 2019, Rhode Island has 5 counties. The number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of the State of Rhode Island correctional authorities was 2,740 located in 7 state prisons and held in custody of private prisons or local jails. There are 1,400 staff positions with a budget of $250 million.

The Community Corrections System

As of December 31, 2019, Rhode Island's community corrections population was 19,897 under probation and 557 under parole.


The National Institute of Corrections depends on publicly available information to provide the information on this page.

The statistics for budgets, employee positions, and state prison facilities data comes from state departments of corrections (DOCs), other state reports and state agencies. If data is missing for a state, then we were unable to find that information.

The data on prison population and incarcerate rate come from the Prisoner in 2019 report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). That report includes the count of prisoners in the unified systems of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Violent and property crime rates are provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The number of counties per state comes from the United States Census Bureau.

Current jail population by state is unavailable. The most recent census was conducted by BJS in 2014.

Rates (Per 100K)

Incarceration Rate
Violent Crime Rate
Property Crime Rate


Prison Population
Parole Population
Probation Population


Number of State Prison Facilities
7 facilities


Prison Budget