Carole Dwyer, Acting Warden
The Minimum Security facility was opened in 1978 in a converted hospital building on Howard Avenue in Cranston. In 1989, Minimum Security (MIN) expanded to a second building, and in July of 1992, with the construction of a connecting addition, the facility became one large complex, with a 710-bed inmate capacity.
The mission of the Minimum Security facility is to integrate constructive programming with a safe, secure, and humane environment which protects society while encouraging the rehabilitation of offenders. Minimum Security is unique among the facilities in that is has the capability to provide 100% employment. Only inmates medically certified as unemployable do not work. Jobs range from institutional to public service projects. All of our staff are committed to this goal.
The facility also houses Work Release inmates. Inmates classified or court ordered to Work Release are allowed to obtain gainful employment in the private sector while residing in a correctional facility. Work Release is an essential component of the Department's reintegration efforts