State Criminal Justice Profile

Rhode Island

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $1 million* in state and local funds to Rhode Island.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $848,614
Justice Assistance Grant Program—8 Local Awards $465,412
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $128,066

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Rhode Island Byrne/JAG Project $848,614

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Central Falls 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Central Falls Police FY 2014 JAG Project $26,301
City of Cranston 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Cranston Police Department Marked Police Vehicle Communications Upgrade Initiative $25,292
City of East Providence 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $14,411
City of Newport 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Traffic Safety Initiative $25,436
City of Pawtucket 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Operation Cobra $61,608
City of Providence 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Partnering With the Providence Community $251,549
City of Warwick 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Technology Upgrades and Equipment Acquisition $19,671
City of Woonsocket 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 JAG Program $41,144

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Office of the Public Defender 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Rhode Island FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $30,678
Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Rhode Island FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $44,722
Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Rhode Island 2014 JAG Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Project $25,789
Town of North Providence 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Police Officer In-Service Training Program $12,033
Town of West Warwick 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Police Car Replacement Project $14,844

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 48

Sworn Officers: 2,434

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 62% of the 48 law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 45% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 1 officer was feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 1 officer was accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 368 officers were assaulted (0.74% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Rhode Island:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 2,651 2,705 2.0
Murder and Manslaughter 34 31 -8.8
Forcible Rape* 288 747 N/A
Robbery 713 684 -4.1
Aggravated Assault 1,616 1,550 -4.1
Property Crime 27,017 25,678 -5.0
Burglary 5,949 5,607 -5.7
Larceny-Theft 18,440 17,838 -3.3
Motor Vehicle Theft 2,628 2,233 -15.0
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (30,598) decreased 7.81% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 5.88% (848), and property-related arrests decreased 1.32% (3,590).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    District Court; Family Court; Municipal Court; Traffic Tribunal


Prisoner Admissions: 810
Prisoner Releases: 885
Total Prisoners: 3,361

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 8
Recidivism Rate*: 48.0%
Top Offenses: Nonviolent, violent, drugs (FY 2014)

Source: Rhode Island Department of Corrections
*The percentage of offenders who return to the Rhode Island Department of Corrections with a new sentence within 3 years of release.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), a RISS Center, serves Rhode Island. There are 52 Rhode Island criminal justice agencies that are members of NESPIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Rhode Island


In Rhode Island, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy which provides inservice and continuing education training for state law enforcement agencies. Examples of trainings in 2013 and 2014 include advanced baton use, advanced report writing, autism and law enforcement response, auto theft, domestic terrorism, CPR/AED, gang recognition, and hand-fighting tactics.

  • Department of Corrections family reunification programming, focusing on education for inmates returning to the community within 6 months. Trained professional counselors provide individual and group counseling, as well as case management services, to high-risk offenders and their families. All families are linked with post-release programs.

  • National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) database technician position within the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory. This staff member enters test-fire casings and evidence casings into the NIBIN system and provides assistance in reducing the backlog in processing DNA crime scene evidence.

  • Rhode Island Family Court Juvenile Mental Health Clinic. This clinic provides assessments and consultations that ultimately allow the court to refer juveniles to appropriate mental health services with an aim toward decreasing recidivism.

  • Equipment purchases for 10 local law enforcement agencies.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Public Safety Grant Administration Office Thomas H. Mongeau, Executive Director

Rhode Island At-A-Glance

Total Population: 1,051,511
Population Under 18: 213,987
Population Over 65: 162,814

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Attorney General

Local Governments: 133
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 1
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Peter F. Neronha—District of Rhode Island, Providence Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Rhode Island National Guard Colonel Christopher P. Callahan, Adjutant General and Commanding General

Drug Courts: 12
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center