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Default Rhode Island DOC Division of Rehabilitative Services

The Division of Rehabilitative Services is committed to the meaningful reintegration of offenders into the community. Program areas within this Division can be categorized into two distinct sections: institutional or community corrections. Institutional corrections includes programming offered to the offender during incarceration, such as health services, education, substance abuse counseling and sex offender treatment. Community corrections refers to units such as Probation and Parole, Community Confinement, Furlough and Victim Services. A more complete description of each unit is provided below.

Reentry Initiative

Report of the Special Legislative Commission to Study an Enhanced Role for Probation and Parole (dated 1/15/2002) is now available for download in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) format.

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The June 2001 Monthly Adult Probation Parole Report is now available for download in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) format.

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The Probation & Parole Unit - Summary Statistics and FY2001 Costs Per Offender Reports are now available for download in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) format.

Probation & Parole Unit - Summary Statistics

Costs Per Offender - FY2001


Assistant Director/Rehab Services (401) 462-2676 Fax 462-1964
Email: rehabilitativesvs@doc.ri.gov



Associate Director / Classification (401) 462-2288 Fax 462-3973
Email: classification@doc.ri.gov



Associate Director / Community Corrections (401) 462-0374 Fax 462-0375
Email: commconfine@doc.ri.gov



Associate Director / Health Care Services (401) 462-2266 Fax 462-3222
Email: hospitalad@doc.ri.gov



Associate Director / Education (401) 462-2507 Fax 462-2509
Email: education@doc.ri.gov



Medical Program Director (401) 462-1115 Fax 462-2000
Email: medical@doc.ri.gov



Victim Services (401) 462-5203
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Health Services

The Health Care Services unit, under the direction of the Medical Program Director, incorporates medical and mental health, dental and health education. This unit provides medical and clinical services to the incarcerated offender population who are either sentenced or awaiting trial within all facilities of the Department of Corrections. Health care services are provided in every facility on a daily basis. Sick calls and medical clinics operate in all facilities, and infirmary care is provided in selected facilities.
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Professional Services

The Office of Professional Services coordinates the delivery of all professional services by planning, supervising and organizing the work of the heads of professional disciplines. The Professional Services Coordinator for Institutional Programs is responsible for intake assessments, Individualized Program Plans (IPP) and institutional programs within the facilities. The Professional Services Coordinator for Transitional Services is responsible for services for people returning to the community, including 12 discharge planning agencies, two federal reentry grants and the Office of Victim Services.
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Special Rehabilitative Services

This unit consists of Psychological Services including, in part, individual and group counseling, infectious disease education and prevention, substance abuse counseling and treatment, sex offender program, and discharge planning. The special services program staff works very closely with the custody staff to ensure that all inmate issues relative to health/mental health are addressed in an appropriate and timely manner.
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Education Services

Education Unit programming occurs in every facility within the Adult Correctional Institutions five days a week on a full-time basis and on evenings and weekends as well. Each facility has designated classroom areas and libraries, which are available to all inmates as scheduling permits.

The typical offender to be served is of low literacy skill and without a high school diploma, lacking any type of marketable skill and of limited English proficiency. Programs range from Adult Basic Education, Special Education/Chapter One, Inmate Literacy Program, GED classes/GED testing, post secondary programs and Vocational Training Programs. In addition, all recreational reading libraries and law libraries are managed by the Education Unit.
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Classification is a process by which offenders are assigned to facilities based upon their respective risks and needs. Factors considered in this process include: (1) determination and assignment of appropriate custody and security levels; (2) program placement based on inmate needs and available services--medical, mental health, vocational, educational and employment; (3) designation to proper housing placement within the institution; and (4) scheduled review of custody assignments to reassess inmates’ needs and risks.

The Department of Corrections is required by law to classify all inmates who are committed to its custody. The classification process begins as soon as an inmate arrives and continues until that inmate is discharged from Departmental custody. Classification, as defined by state law, encompasses virtually all decisions which affect an inmate's life while in confinement. It is important to note that elements of the classification process are governed by specific Departmental policies and procedures, as well as applicable Rhode Island statutes and court rulings.
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Consistent with its mission and as part of the rehabilitative process, the Department of Corrections encourages clergy and other members of recognized religious organizations to become involved in inmate religious activities. The Department's Chaplaincy Team is multi-denominational and strives to meet the spiritual needs of the inmate population and their families, as well as those of Department of Corrections staff and their families. More than 375 volunteers participate in this effort. Specific activities include: worship services, scripture studies, pastoral counseling, death notification, grief counseling, and overall spiritual advocacy.
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The Furlough Program grants offenders temporary conditional releases based upon risk/needs assessments appropriate for treatment and rehabilitative services. It also serves the individual offender and his/her family as an introductory step toward his/her reintegration process back into families and community.

Furloughs are available to all offenders who meet the criteria in each category. They will be supervised by corrections staff when the offender resides in a secure facility.

Furloughs are granted for the following purposes:
1.To attend the wake of a deceased family member or to visit a seriously ill immediate family member in the hospital;
2. To obtain health care services and treatment for medical, psychiatric/psychological matters, including community-based drug/alcohol program participation;
3. To seek employment and/or educational/vocational training;
4. To secure a residence upon release;
5. “Social Furloughs” are intended to allow offenders who are close to release to visit their immediate families to renew and stabilize family relationships and bonds. They also allow the offenders to begin the adjustment process of transitioning from institutional behavior to responsible behavior in the community by giving them opportunities to practice ordinary life skills. Inmates requesting social furloughs are carefully screened and processed to meet eligibility requirements. All participants are thoroughly counseled with detailed instructions and are closely monitored while on furlough. Future social furloughs are based on successful participation.
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Victim Services

Focus is on victim notification and coordination of services between the Department of Corrections and victim service agencies. The Office of Victim Services is available (during normal business hours) to answer questions from victims and victim support agencies about the status of incarcerated offenders. Additional activities include the creation and maintenance of victim information files.
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Volunteer Service is responsible for the recruitment, placement and coordination of all volunteers and interns throughout the various Units of the Department of Corrections.
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