Rhode Island Inmate Search

Rhode Island’s current inmate population is 12,927 with more than 84% of them being male and the rest female. 51.7% of inmates are White, 23.4% are Black and 20.8% Hispanic. The largest age group of inmates incarcerated in the state is 20-29 years old. Only 28.2% of offenders are in prisons because of a violent crime. 18% are there due to drug charges. 24% have violated their parole stipulations. About 53% of the state inmates have a high school diploma or GED. More than half of the inmates are parents with at least two children. 52% were unemployed when they were convicted. The average length of stay is six months or less.

What are Rhode Island Jail Records?

Rhode Island jail inmate search records are all the paperwork created that drives an inmate's progress through the penal system. It begins with an arrest warrant and then in-take paperwork with a RAP sheet. From there the inmate is set free on bail or bond or moved to the jail. Once there they may receive visitors, visit the court-house for a hearing or sentencing and even move to a permanent residence in prison. Each of these action items creates paperwork, which is added to their file and becomes part of their permanent Rhode Island inmate search record. 

How to Perform Rhode Island Inmate Lookup

If you want to find someone located in a RI jail or prison, you can search for them using their inmate ID, name, race, sex, age, or their town of residence. Rhode Island inmate records search will result in a list of possible matches. You can click on each record to see further details about the inmate's sentences with dates, charges, bail, bond and case numbers along with basic demographic information. If you want a complete criminal history, you can use a  Rhode Island prison inmate search to find someone and all about them.

Creating Public Jail Records

The state prison administrators are continually creating jail records as new inmates arrive and others move to different facilities or are released on parole. Every form, document, and file created for each inmate is kept with their prison ID and permanent jail record. Jail records created and maintained follow the prisoner through the system and are shared among all law enforcement agencies. Sharing of information keeps everyone on the same page and makes it easier for a new facility to take possession of the prisoner.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Rhode Island Imprisonment Rate
Rhode Island Imprisonment Rate: 178
Prison Population
Prison Population: 2,030
Probation Population
Probation Population: 23,920
Parole Population
Parole Population: 441
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 8.3:1 Hispanic : White Ratio - 2.5:1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 200
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 3,355 (0.40%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 963 (2.03%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 224

Rhode Island Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of Rhode Island prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 3,103, that saw a 4.5% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 5.7% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 2,927 in 2016.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than Rhode Island

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than Rhode Island

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of Rhode Island is 3,103 inmates, that is 22.8% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Rhode Island was in 2008, when the number of prisoners was 4,045 inmates.

Rhode Island Parole Population

Rhode Island parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 441 people, 54 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 19 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 4.3%.

Paroles per 100.000 population

Parole Total Population in Rhode Island

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

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Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 0
Discretionary: 239
Reinstatement: 0
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 0
Unknown or not reported: 0

Rhode Island Prisons

Rhode Island is one of the six states that use a unified system integrating their jails and prisons. Rhode Island has seven facilities housing 12,927 inmates and operates on a budget of $218 million with a staff of 1,419 employees. Based on one hundred thousand residents, the Rhode Island has an overall incarceration rate of 192, a violent crime rate of 239 and a property crime rate of 1,899. The state community corrections system oversees 22,781 people on probation and 460 inmates on parole. The cost per inmate for a year is $49,133.