Maximum Security

Lynne Corry, Acting Warden

Physical Address:
1375 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Inmate Mail Address:
P.O. Box 8273
Cranston, RI 02920

Maximum Security In Person Visits Schedule May 2021

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Maximun Security

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  • Opened: 1878
  • Average Facility Population: 394 (FY19)
  • Operational Capacity: 411 (FY19)
  • Annual Cost per Offender: $82,115

The Maximum Security Facility (MAX) is the state’s oldest operational prison. The facility was opened in 1878 and is modeled on the Auburn style construction, which consolidates all inmate cells into one main building. MAX once served as the prison for both awaiting trial and sentenced inmates. As the sentenced population grew and the needs of the prison system changed, other facilities were added.

Surrounded by a wall with five observation towers, the facility has an inmate bed capacity of 466. The population is comprised of inmates serving long sentences for a variety of offenses, along with inmates serving shorter sentences who have been transferred to MAX from other facilities for serious discipline and/or behavioral problems. Inmates are prepared for classification to lesser securities through participation in rehabilitative programs.

Most of the inmate population also work in areas such as the kitchen, laundry, barber shop, library, and as porters within the housing modules and recreation areas. Building industries consist of a print shop and carpenter shop.

Surrounded by a wall with observation towers and a double chain-link security fence equipped with an electronic intrusion detection system to prevent and detect escape attempts, the facility is divided into six housing areas, one disciplinary confinement unit, kitchen/dining area, recreation yard, education/gym building, and an industrial area.

Maximum Security employs over 230 inmates, approximately 59% of its total population. Inmates perform a variety of functions to help maintain the institution. Approximately 190 inmates work in areas such as the kitchen, laundry, barber shop, library, and as porters within the housing modules and recreation areas. Industries consists of a print shop, carpenter shop, and laundry.