In her annual address at the Minister’s Alliance Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced new criminal justice reforms. Through a series of proposals in her FY21 budget and administrative actions, the Governor plans to implement recommendations from her Criminal & Juvenile Justice Working Group.
- Improve discharge planning to ensure that inmates are given support to find housing and employment as they prepare to leave correctional facilities;
- Shift staffing to focus on improving access to health care for incarcerated individuals;
- Update Rhode Island’s parole statute to include geriatric parole;
- Incentivize work release programs by ensuring that workers receive more money;
- Bring the successful Real Jobs Rhode Island training program behind prison walls; and
- Increase funding for school-based mental and behavioral health programs.
- Ensure more seamless transition to public benefits upon discharge from the ACI or Training School;
- Increasing services to the Juvenile Hearing Board (JHB), a form of youth diversion from traditional prosecution; and
- Improving youth employment opportunities by bringing the PrepareRI internship program to justice-involved youth.