June 8, 2022

Activists rally at RI State House to end mass criminalization

“A small amount of [prison] time can change your life,” said Trent Manning, and organizer with Behind...

April 22, 2022

An interview with DARE organizer Anusha Alles on racism in the RI General Assembly

“Our people are used to being in settings where they’re not being believed, where they’re not given...

April 15, 2022

The testimony of DOC Director Coyne-Fague in favor of “restrictive housing” (aka solitary confinement)

“I do not see room for common ground on this bill,” said Director Coyne-Fague under questioning from...

April 5, 2022

AG Neronha appeals Superior Court decision to release unlawfully incarcerated men to Supreme Court

“The continued detention was violating a law enacted by the General Assembly last year, ‘Mario’s Law,’ designed...

March 24, 2022

ACLU charges state with undermining law designed to reduce the incarceration of juvenile offenders

The State’s literal argument, taken to its logical conclusion, would be that the Youthful Offender Act is...

March 16, 2022

Talking redistricting with PVD Ward Boundaries Chair Jessica Cigna

“I was really humbled by all the people who came out and spoke to us,” said Jessica...

March 4, 2022

ACLU Director Steve Brown details history of prostitution laws in Rhode Island

“…the RI ACLU believes the General Assembly made a terrible mistake in 2009 in passing this harsh...

February 8, 2022

Corruption and back-room deals: Redistricting Commission a massive failure

Hearing about reporters being denied access to the sub-basement office, Representative Michelle McGaw asked the consultant, “Is...

January 31, 2022

As Covid rages, conditions at the ACI become human rights violations, say prison advocates

“Me myself – my body got completely stained out,” said Warren. “There’s guards in there that wanted...

November 29, 2021

The RI Redistricting Commission hearing on prison gerrymandering

“If the state really does believe that imprisoned people are in fact residents of the districts in...

November 15, 2021

Lawsuit challenges ACI prisoner’s eight months in solitary confinement for free speech activity

“I spoke out against conditions at the ACI and I was punished with almost eight months in...

November 3, 2021

Grassroots coalition calls on Redistricting Commission to eliminate Prison Gerrymandering

“Prison gerrymandering unfairly inflates the voting power of whiter, more rural communities while diminishing voting power for...

July 12, 2021

Clemency tour comes to Rhode Island with march on women’s prison in Cranston

The organizers are calling on Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee to grant clemency to five women in...

June 4, 2021

During pandemic, RIDOC Director never visited correctional facilities under her supervision

“…I had asked how often she gets into the cellblocks,” said Katherine Molloy, who toured the facilities...

May 24, 2021

The time is now to pass Mario’s Bill and reform juvenile sentencing in RI

“Children are simultaneously the most vulnerable members of our society and our most valuable resource for building...