State Government Press Releases

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Stress is a natural by-product of working in the field of corrections. Correctional professionals work both behind prison walls and within our communities with those whom the rest of society has marginalized and largely ignores. Their work often goes unrecognized and some of what they see and...
Thanks to the diligence of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections' Special Investigations Unit, four grams of heroin with a prison value of almost $2,000 have been confiscated and won't land in the hands of a drug user or dealer. It was last Tuesday, May 15, when a Minimum Security inmate...
Rhode Island Department of Corrections Director Ashbel T. Wall II has announced the promotion of former Chief Legal Counsel Patricia Coyne-Fague of Glocester, R.I., to Assistant Director of Administrative Services. Ms. Coyne-Fague had been serving in that role in an acting capacity since the...
In observance of National Women's Health Week, a weeklong health observance supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, the RIDOC has arranged for a variety of activities and lectures in the Women's Facilities throughout the week ending on Friday, May...
With much sadness, Assistant Director for Institutions and Operations David McCauley shared the news with Rhode Island Department of Corrections personnel Last Friday that Frankie, Correctional Officer Anthony Lucca's K-9, had passed away unexpectedly. Frankie showed signs of sickness on Thursday...
Toastmasters couldn't ask for a more enthusiastic instructor to bring the public speaking program Speechcraft inside the walls of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections than Ed Skurka DTM and his team of six Toastmasters. All are RIDOC volunteers. Skurka, who has his own business teaching...
Forty-four men and twelve women graduated from the Rhode Island Department of Corrections' Correctional Officer Training Academy Class 79 on Friday, April 20th, at 2 p.m. in Rhode Island College's Gaige Hall. Those receiving special awards include: Class Valedictorian Danielle M. Gelinas;...
Forty-four men and twelve women will graduate from the Rhode Island Department of Corrections' Correctional Officer Training Academy Class 79 on Friday, April 20th, at 2 p.m. at Rhode Island College's Gaige Auditorium in Providence. Of the 56 graduates, 53 (95%) will be offered a position on line...
With 31 years of experience in human resources and state service, Lois Hayes is not a newcomer to the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, where she officially came on board as Human Resources Administrator of the Public Safety Human Resources Center on February 27 of this year. In addition to...
"I've grown up here; I know every inch of this complex," says the Rhode Island Department of Corrections' Chief Inspector and 29-year veteran staffer Aaron Aldrich, who leaves at the end of this month to take on a new position as Director of Investigations at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility...