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    2012

    In his December 13 Hummel Report, located at www.HummelReport.com, Jim Hummel takes an in depth look at volunteer Tony Mancuso and the Learning to Live program he brings to each of the facilities.

        Robert Vitale's promotion to Warden was covered by Corrections.com in its November 20th edition. Click here for the article.

        Robert Catlow's promotion to Chief Inspector was covered by the Cranston Patch on September 13th. Click here to access the Patch article.

        Click here to listen to a WRNI Public Radio September 9th, 2012, story on Rhode Island's longest serving Correctional Officer, Lloyd Hedges, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first day on the job this month.

        Click here for an August 31st Channel 12 piece with Walt Buteau on the quilt made by the women in recovery in the Bernadette Women's Minimum Security Facility. The quilt was unveiled at the Kickoff for the Rallies for Recovery Behind the Walls on August 31st. Channel 10's Healthcheck covery of the event can be accessed here. The Cranston Herald did a story on the quilt and the rallies which can be accessed here. CorrectionsOne eNews also picked up the Channel 12 story. You can see its website with the video link here.

        Click here to link to an August 10th, 2012, Cranston Patch article about the women's gardening project at the Bernadette Minimum Security Facility.

        Click here for a scanned version of an August 9, 2012, Providence Journal article on the women's garden.

        Click here for a scanned version of a Providence Journal article on the Toastmasters Speechcraft program in men's Maximum Security, which ran on July 28, 2012.

        Click here to see an interview with Director A.T. Wall done by Pepperbird Magazine's Africa Teach-In program on YouTube.

        Click here for a Narragansett Patch posting on Taylor Campbell receiving the Susan M. Hunter Scholarship from the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). Taylor is the daughter of Probation & Parole Officer Mary-Anne Campbell.

        Click here for the July 13, 2012 Science Magazine article on HIV/AIDS in America which includes a section on the work of Dr. Jody Rich at the ACI. Click here for a slide show displayed on the magazine's website - slides 20, 21, and 22 are related to the ACI.

        Click here to go to the Providence American's July 15th coverage of the hiring of new Assistant Director Elizabeth Earls.

        Click here for a July 12, 2012, South County Independent article about retired Assistant Director Roberta Richman.

        Click here to see a July 11, 2012, Cranston Patch story on the hiring of Roy Well as Inspector with the RIDOC's Office of Inspections.

        Click here to see how the Cranston Patch included the latest edition (Spring/Summer 2012) of the RIDOC Review.

        Click here to listen to an interview with Correctional Officer Grace Ellis about the Habitat for Humanity home dedication at 20 Newcomb St., Providence, on June 23rd . It aired on Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News on News Talk 630 WPRO & 99.7 FM.

        Click here for a Summer 2012 Edible Rhody article about the garden at Maximum Security.

        Click here for a May 25th article on the Channel 12 website about 4 grams of heroin found by the Special Investigations Unit and K-9 Robbie on Rte. 10 in Cranston last week. Click here to see Channel 10's coverage of the same story.

        Click here for an April 19th, 2012 interview with retiring Chief Inspector Aaron Aldrich on the WPRO Morning Show with Andrew Gobeil.

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        to hear Director Wall interviewed by WPRO's John DiPietro about the RIDOC's obligation to pay for an inmate's liver transplant.

        Click here for a link to a video about the doll making project in the Women's Facilities, posted on projo.com on March 13, 2012.

        Click here
        for a January 27 Associated Press story on the aging inmate population and its impact on prison systems in which Director Wall is quoted.

        2011

        Click here for Channel 12's coverage of the announcement that ACI Warden Carole Dwyer has been tapped to head the RI Dept. of Motor Vehicles on an interim basis.

        A fight at Maximum Security on Friday, December 23, 2011, received a great deal of press coverage. Nine officers and three inmates were treated and released at an area hospital. To see WPRO Radio's coverage, click here. For the Associated Press's coverage - as seen in the Boston Globe, click here. For ABC 6 News' coverage, click here. Channel 12, WPRI's coverage can be seen here. For coverage of the incident in the online Cranston Patch, click here. For WJAR Channel 10's coverage, click here.

        Click here for a story on the Cranston Patch website about the Correctional Officer Search and Rescue Team and its assistance unloading truckloads of toys for the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program's annual toy drive in Pawtucket.

        Click here for a piece on the recent promotion of C.O. Lieutenant Danilo Claros from the November 30th edition of Correctional News.

        Click here for an article about the promotion of C.O. Lieutenant Richard Meunier to Deputy Warden as seen in the November 10, 2011, edition of Correctional News.

        Click here to see a piece that aired on WPRI, Channel 12 on Saturday, November 12, 2011, about the closure of the Donald Price Medium Security Facility that weekend.

        Click here to see Halloween night coverage on WPRI Channel 12 of home visits made by Warwick Police and RIDOC Probation & Parole Officers to the homes of convicted sex offenders to make sure they are in compliance with Probation & Parole's rules for them on that night.

        Click here for the Halloween day airing of Miss Demeanor Breaks Free, a story about so much more than a giant pumpkin grown outside of the Women's Facility.

        Click here to read an interview between Director A.T. Wall and Providence en Espanol reporter Arelis Brito about the RIDOC, its programs and population.

        CCRI Art Instructor Nancy Wyllie has produced a video about the value of teaching art and education in general in prison, featuring the RIDOC's CCRI Coordinator Will Jackson and insights from students in one of the classes she taught in one of the RIDOC facilities. Click here to view it on YouTube.

        Click here for Channel 12, WPRI's coverage of the RIDOC's recent recycling efforts, headed up by Associate Director of Facilities and Maintenance Anthony Feole.

        Click here for an article posted on October 20th, 2011, on the Cranston Patch website about Lou Cerbo, the RIDOC's new Clinical Director/Psychologist. Dr. Cerbo's new position is also the subject of an October 20th, 2011, piece posted on corrections.com. Click here to access it.

        Click here to see an October 13, 2011, Cranston Herald article about the number of Probationers who live in Cranston, preparing inmates for release, etc.

        Click here to see Providence Business News' October 8, 2011, coverage of the Habitat for Humanity project female inmates in Rhode Island are working on. Click here to see an October 13, 2011, Cranston Herald article about this same project.

        Click here to read an article in the Cranston Patch about the Rallies for Recovery held in three of the state's prison facilities recently as part of National Recovery Month 2011.

        Click here for Walt Buteau's Street Stories segment on Miss Demeanor, a giant pumpkin grown outside of the Gloria McDonald Women's Facility and tended by a Minimum Security inmate. Click here for an Associated Press "pick up" on her. Click here to watch a video about Miss Demeanor, posted on the projo.com website on September 15, 2011. Click here to see a photo and caption on Miss Demeanor which appeared in the Providence Journal on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Click here to see Cranston Patch's coverage of the pumpkin. Click here to see WPRO Radio's coverage of the same topic.

        Click here for a Nursing Spectrum Magazine article on URI nursing Students' experience in RIDOC prisons.

        Click here for an August 21, 2011, column by Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr on URI nursing staff and interns working with pregnant inmates at the ACI.

        Click here for an August 9 golocalprov.com article on the closure of the Donald Price Medium Security Facility. Click here for WPRI, Channel 12's coverage of the same topic.

        Click here for an August 8 corrections.com story on the RIDOC's Focus on Fathers Initiatives.

        Click here for an August 1st corrections.com story on discounted prescription cards being given to inmates upon release to assist with their successful reentry.

        Click here for an article about the RIDOC's Focus on Fatherhood from the Aug. 8 corrections.com ezine.

        Click here for a link to WRNI Radio's website for a story titled Keeping an Eye on Kennedy Plaza. The story includes RIDOC Probation and Parole Officers working with partners in law enforcement and community service agencies to keep people from re-offending and return to jail.

        Click here for a link to an article on the website nurse.com about URI Nursing Student Interns at the ACI.

        Click here for an article about the garden project at Max from the July 7, 2011, edition of The Rhode Island Catholic.

        Click here for a Healthcheck report with Channel 10's Barbara Morse Silva featuring Dr. Jody Rich discussing healthcare and prisons.

        Click here to see a June 30th Cranston Patch article on the RIDOC's recent Probation and Parole Community Partners Recognition Ceremony.

        Click here to see a June 28th Cranston Patch article on Spring 2011 Media Day tours of the new women's facility and men's Maximum Security.

        Click here to see a June 25th Providence Journal article on the possible closure of the Donald Price Medium Security Facility.

        Click here to see a corrections.com article about Matthew Kettle's promotion to Warden of Medium Securities.

        Click here to see a June 27th, 2011 posting on corrections.com about how Rhode Island is a Model for HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment in Prisons Nationwide.

        Click here to see a June 21st, 2011, Beacon Newspapers article about our Education Unit's spring recognition ceremonies.

        Click here to see a frong page Providence Journal article printed on June 20, 2011, about C.O. recruitment and what the position involves.

        Click here to see a June 18th Providence Journal article on the new women's facility. Click here to see a June 17th story on the same topic posted on WPRI Channel 12's website. Click here to see the Associated Press story on the unveiling.

        Click here to see a GoLocalProv.com story about the cost of running Rhode Island's prison system in comparison to neighboring states.

        Click here to see Channel 12's coverage of our spring 2011 CO recruitment kickoff.

        Click here to see an article on WPRO Radio's website about the press conference announcing the latest update on inmate Michael Woodmansee. Click here to see the South County Independent's coverage of the same topic.

        Click here to see an article in the 5/31/11 Providence Journal about the RIDOC's recruitment drive for Correctional Officers.

        Click here to see the recruitment announcement press release posted on Cranston Patch.

        Click here for a WRNI Public Radio report on the Michael Woodmansee situation in which Director Wall is interviewed. The story aired on Wednesday, April 6.

        Click here for a February 23rd front page Providence Journal story about former Corrections Director John Moran, who died on th 22nd at the age of 80.

        Click here for a Fall River Herald News article about a drug sting in Fall River in which RIDOC's K-9 Officer Anthony Lucca and his dog, Frankie, were involved.

        Click here for a Westerly Sun article on Westerly Police Chief Edward Mello receiving a Friends of the Department Award from the RIDOC in early February.


        2010

        Click here for a front page story in the December 29th Providence Journal about the move of female inmates to a new facility.

        Click here for a page 1 Providence Journal story by John Hill on the implications of a 15-percent budget cut and closure of two prisons.

        Click here to see Channel 12's coverage of the iris scanning demo which was part of Fall 2010 Media Day on Friday, December 10th.

        Click here to see a December 12th Providence Journal article on the Department's new iris scanning technology.

        Click here to see an article on the RIDOC's Community Supervision Mapping Program. The article appears on page 10 of this Fall 2010 edition of TechBeat.

        Click here to link to a Warwick Beacon story about the RIDOC's Pauline Marcussen being appointed to the board of the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.

        Click here to link to a story in Rhode Island College's publication What's News about a Supervisor Leadership Training event for the RIDOC's Probation & Parole staff held on campus.

        Click here to link to a November 22nd Corrections.com article about URI Nursing student interns at the ACI.

        Click here to read an article on EurekAlert! about the RIDOC's participation in three NIH grants to 'seek, test, and tret' inmates with HIV.

        Click here to view a WJAR Channel 10 story on Probation & Parole partnering with the Providence Police Department to keep children safe from child molesters on Halloween night.

        Click here for a Providence Journal article by Bob Kerr: A hard look at the high cost that veterans pay, in which Director Wall is quoted.

        Click here for an October 26th Providence Journal article titled Forum in Cranston addresses needs of returning soldiers at which Director Wall was a participant.

        Click here for an October 19th Woonsocket Call article commending the RIDOC's Probation & Parole Unit for its role in solving a bank robbery.

        Click here for an October 13, 2010, Providence Phoenix article about the shackling of pregnant inmates.

        Click here for a Providence Journal article about the visit by a delegation of Bahamian prison officials to the ACI from October 28th-30th, 2010.

        Click here for a Providence Journal article on the graduation of Class 78, which was published in the September 25th edition.

        Click here for a link to the September 13th Providence Journal cover article on the youthful offenders program in Maximum Security, which has resulted in a reduction in violence in that facility.

        Click here to link to video on Projo.com about the Class 78 Correctional Officer Training Academy trainees doing a drill with OC spray.

        Click here to see Channel 12 WPRI's coverage of the Correctional Officer Search and Rescue (COSAR) rescue of the missing 7-year-old boy in Woonsocket.

        Click here to link to a Providence Journal article about the erroneous release, and then recapture, of a RIDOC inmate.

        Click here to access a Providence Journal article about the RIDOC's Probation and Parole stff and other community agencies working together with the Providence Police Department.

        Click here to access a Monday, August 16th Providence Journal article on the difficulties ex offenders face in finding employment.

        Click here to see an article in Beacon Communications' papers about the Zero Fatalities Project and SCORE Program accepting reservations for the upcoming academic year.

        Click here to access a Channel 10 story about the iris scanning technology the Department will implement in a matter of weeks.

        Click here to see a Providence Journal article (August 3, 2010) about the Department's plans to install new iris-scanning technology.

        Click here to see an article in the July 9th Christian Science Monitor about declining prison populations in which Director Wall is quoted.

        Click here to see an article on Robbie, the RIDOC's cell phone sniffing dog, from the July 12th Providence Journal. The story was also picked up by several other media outlets.

        Click here to see Paws on Patrol after 12-week training, a Warwick Beacon article about the recent graduation of RIDOC trained K-9 Bono of the Johnston, RI Police Dept.

        Click here for a June 21st USA Today article on prisoner reentry programs across the country in which Director Wall is quoted.

        Click here to see Director Wall quoted in an online piece about the rising number of female Correctional Officers in thecrimereport.com.

        Click here for an article From the June 30th Providence Journal about the prevention value of HIV testing of inmates with input from RIDOC Medical Director Michael Fine.

        Click here for an article in the June 22nd Providence Journal about spring Education Unit recognition ceremonies

        Click here for a link to a story from the RIDOC Review on the RIDOC's new Electronic Medical Record reprinted in Corrections.com.

        Click here for Patient Prisoners, an article about inmate medical care at the ACI in the Spring 2010 edition of Brown Medicine Magazine.

        Click here to link to an article in the May 25th Providence Journal about the ACI's new Medical Program Director Dr. Michael Fine.

        Click here to view an article from the April 23rd edition of the Providence Journal about the dedication of the Anthony P. Travisono Intake Service Center.

        Click here to link to a page 1 article in the March 27th edition of the Newport Daily News about a Portsmouth High School trip to the SCORE Program in Maximum Security.

        Click here to link to a March 15 Providence Journal article by John Hill about the ACI and the U.S. Census.

        Click here to link to a March 15, 2010 Brown Daily Herald article about "Any One of Us: Words From Prison," a performance of writings from women in prison, including two from the ACI.

        Click here for a Rhode Island Monthly (February edition) article about new prostitution laws and Project Renew, in which RIDOC stats are used and Director Wall is quote.

        Click here to link to an article by Corrections Director A.T. Wall titled Rhode Island Halts Growth in the Inmate Population While Increasing Public Safety in the February 2010 edition of Corrections Today.

        Click here to link to an article about the RIDOC's new Electronic Medical Record which appears in the February 2010 edition of Corrections Today.

        Click here to link to a photo spread titled A Look Inside Old Max in the February 2010 issue of Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.

        2009

        Click here for a December 27th article by John Hill about new mapping software used by our Probation & Parole Unit found on page 1 of the Providence Journal, New System Greatly Helps Probation Officers.

        Click here for a December 14th article about retiring ACI psychologist Alan Feinstein by the Providence Journal's Tom Mooney.

        Click here for the Providence Journal's December 12th story "Fewer Behind Bars" by John Hill about the impact of corrections options legislation on our population.

        Click here to see an article about a class for Minimum Security inmates hoping to start their own businesses upon realease called MYOB. It appears in the November 27th edition of Providence en Espanol.

        Click here for a November 25th Cranston Herald article on a recent visit by a class from Cranston East to the SCORE Program at Maximum Security.

        Click here for a November 6, 2009, Street Stories segment with WPRI Channel 12's Walt Buteau on the RIDOC's Books Beyond program where inmtes read to their children on tape and the book and tape get sent home by volunteers to continue the parent-child connection while parents are incarcerated.

        An October 27, 2009 article in the Warwick Beacon covers the return of former RIDOC employee Dennis Papa - who toured the two facilities in which he spent the bulk of his career on the 50th anniversary of his first day of work. He was joined by another former warden, Ron Brule. Click here to read the story.

        Click here to link to a Warwick Beacon story (October 29, 2009) on Volunteer of the Year Mary Lhowe and her work with the Books Beyond program.

        Click here to link to a November 1st, 2009, Providence Journal story covering a forum on Rhode Island's justice system at Temple Beth-El at which Director A.T. Wall spoke.

        Click here to read John Hill's article R.I. a leader in drug treatment for prison inmates, from the September 12th edition of the Providence Journal.

        An article about showing films to inmates appears in the September 8th edition of the Providence Journal. Read reporter John Hill's account of the security implications for allowing inmates access to movies by clicking here.

        Click here to link to a September 3rd article in The Rhode Island Catholic titled Chaplains Bring God to Inmates about Catholic ministries at the ACI. It is the first in a two-part series.

        An article about the RIDOC's Rx Benefit Award from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute for its collaboration with the URI College of Pharmacy appears in the Spring 2009 edition of CorrectCare magazine. Click here to access it.

        A video about Project RENEW in the Barton Street neighborhood of Pawtucket is posted on YouTube and can be accessed by clicking here. RIDOC Probation and Parole Officer Adrienne McGowan is featured in the five-minute video.

        The Providence Journal's Mike McKinney has written two recent articles on the RIDOC's monitoring of sex offenders. The first appeared in the Friday, July 24th, edition. Click here to access it. A Monday, July 27th article higlighting the partnerships the RIDOC has formed with other community and law enforcement agencies in its efforts to adequately monitor and supervise sex offenders appears here.

        The website mesothelioma.com posted an article about the RIDOC's educational offerings on June 18th. Link to it here.

        On June 17th, 2009, corrections.com posted the following story about Minimum Security Correctional Officer Michael Maddalena and his volunteer service on the Pawtuxet Vally River Authority and Watershed Council. Click here to read it.

        A June 15th, 2009, Kent County Times cover story on Correctional Officer and award-winning body builder Ron LoBianco is available by clicking here. PDF Icon

        Click here to see a Saturday, June 13th article by John Hill of the Providence Journal, Inmates who Better Themselves, about the Education Unit's 2009 recognition ceremonies.

        Click here for a May 15th, 2009, story on the front page of the Providence Journal about art classes led by Marietta Cleasby and the annual inmate art show on display at the Dept. of Administration building downtown.

        Click here to link to a story about the collaboration between the RIDOC and the URI College of Pharmacy, which has saved taxpayers $12 million and was recently honored with an award from The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute.

        Click here to link to a profile of the RIDOC's Director, Ashbel T. Wall, which appeared on the front page of the Providence Journal on Sunday, March 7th.

        Click here to link to news of the RIDOC winning a 2009 Rx Benefit Innovation Award from The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute for its collabaration with the URI College of Pharmacy to manage pharmaceutical services for the state's inmates.

        Click here for a Providence Journal story on the recently released Pew Center on the States report ranking Rhode Island as 46th in terms of the number of men and women in jail or prison in 2007.

        Click here for a front page Sunday, February 24th Providence Journal story on the RIDOC's Internal Affairs and Special Investigations units and their role in investigating crime within the prison system and beyond.

        Click here to see Mary Murphy's Law & Order photo essay on the graduation of CO Training Academy class 77 in the Monday, February 2nd edition of the Providence Journal.

        Click here to link to a Providence Journal article on the graduation of Training Academy Class 77 on January 16th.

        Click here to link to a January 14th Channel 10 story on Belgian Malinois "Robbie," the newest member of the RIDOC K-9 Unit. Print coverage of the story on the All Pawtucket All The Time website can be accessed by clicking here.

        2008

        Click here to link to a December 22nd article in the corrections.com ezine about corrections professionals doing volunteer/charity work. Probation and Parole Officer Heidi DuPerry and her work with the Special Olympics is featured.

        Click here to link to a December 22nd Law & Order photo essay by The Providence Journal's Mary Murphy on the Holidays Not Forgotten Program at the RIDOC where volunteers purchase gifts for the children of incarcerated parents participating in the Parent-Child Visitation Program.

        Click here to link to a December 8th Providence Business News article on hiring ex-offenders written by freelancer Mary Lhowe, who covered the recent event co-sponsored by the RIDOC, RIDLT, and the Family Life Center.

        Click here to link to a December 6th Providence Journal article, Residency Limits on Sex Offenders Questioned, in which Director A.T. Wall is quoted.

        Director A.T. Wall was named 2008 Outstanding Corrections Director by the Association of State Correctional Administrators at its November meeting. Click here to see coverage of his award in the corrections.com ezine on November 24th. His award was also covered by Syscon's Market Intelligence Digest on November 28th and by the Cranston Herald on November 27th.

        Click here to link to a story on employer event the RIDOC cosponsored with the RI Family Life Center and the Dept. of Labor & Training on November 13th at the Providence Biltmore. The article, by Andy Smith, appeared in the Jobs Section of the Providence Journal on Sunday, November

        Click here for a November 23rd story by the Providence Journal's Amanda Milkovits on the victim impact classes being offered at the ACI through Family Service of RI.

        Click here for a November 24th Law & Order photo essay by Mary Muprhy in the Providence Journal on Special Investigator Joe Forgue, recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.

        Click here for a November 21st article in the Pawtucket edition of My Backyard about Director Wall's recent award from the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) as Outstanding Corrections Commissioner in the Nation.

        Click here for an October 19th article in the corrections.com ezin about the RIDOC's Victim Impact Classes for offenders.

        Click here for the October edition of the Community College of Rhode Island's newsletter, Currents. Go to page 5 to see an article about Bill Tribelli, who prepares RIDOC inmates for careers in culinary arts.

        Click here to link to Mary Murphy's Law & Order photo essay in the Monday, September 29th RI Section of the Providence Journal on ACI Catholic Chaplain Maria Garombo.

        Click here to link to columnist Bob Kerr's piece on retiring Capt. Arnold (Andy) Anderson from the September 19th edition of the Providence Journal.

        Click here to link to in the Providence Journal on Saturday, September 13th about the new Probation & Parole Office, co-located with the District 2 Providence Police Department substation, in the Urban Leauge building on Prairie Street.

        The Tuesday, September 2nd edition of the Providence Journal includes a feature on now retired ACI Librarian Joan Boucher. The story appeared on the front page of the Rhode Island section. You can link to it here.

        The Beacon Newspaper's Joe Kernan's article, A Dangerous Way to Make a Living, in which RIDOC Chief Inspector Aaron Aldrich is interviewed, appeared in the July 30th edition of The Cranston Herald and Warwick Beacon. A .pdf version of it is available by clicking here

        Mary Murphy's Law & Order photo essay in the Providence Journal's Monday, July 21st edition focuses on the High Security Center. Click here to see the brief article and photo.

        Mental illness and incarceration is the topic of a front page story in the Sunday, July 20th issue of the Providence Journal by G. Wayne Miller. The article follows the story of longtime RI inmate Ginger Collins. Video and photos from her personal album are included on the projo.com website. Link to the article by clicking here.

        A story on 45-year RIDOC veteran CO Lloyd Hedges appears in the June 19th edition of Corrections Connection. Click here to read it.

        A story on the "Books Beyond" program which connects incarcerated parents to their children through audio recordings they make of themselves reading books to their kids is featured in the June 15th article in corrections.com's ezine. Link to the article by Ann Coppola here. The Providence Journal's Bob Kerr's May 14th column focused on the program as well.

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        to see the Providence Journal's Mary Murphy's Law & Order photo essay of June 9th, on the RIDOC's CERT Team.

        Click here to link to an article in the Reentry Policy Council's newsletter titled Vermont and Rhode Island Enact Initiatives to Increase Public Safety and Reduce Corrections Spending.

        The relationship between the RIDOC's Probation & Parole Unit and the Providence Police Department's District 7 substation is highlighted in Greg Smith's May 19th article from the Rhode Island Section of the Providence Journal, "Keeping a Close Watch." Click here to read about this important partnership.

        Mary Murphy's Law & Order photo essay in the Providence Journal on May 12th focused on the relationship between the RIDOC's Kent County Probation & Parole Office and the Warwick Police Department. Click here to read it.

        The Providence Journal's Jobs Section editor Andy Smith's May 11th article, "Corrections Department seeks new recruits" can be accessed here.

        Click herePDF Icon to link to an article co-written by Director A.T. Wall and Chief of Information and P.R. Tracey Z. Poole titled Parternships with Local Law Enforcement and Community Agencies: A Critical Component to Successful Prisoner Reentry, which appears in the April 2008 issue of the ACA's magazine, Corrections Today

         

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    Coverage of the RIDOC's Reentry Initiatives:

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    Coverage of The Zero Fatalities Project - a public awareness initiative on the dangers of driving under the influence:

        Click here for a Kent County Times story on the Zero Fatalies Project presentation attended by Exeter-West Greenwich High School on April 6th. It also appeared in the Narragansett Times on April 13th.

        Click here to link to a story in Rhode Island College's online publication, What's News?, about the first group of college students to attend the ZFP and their reactions.

        Click here to link to WPRI Channel 12's Walt Buteau's Street Stories segment on the Zero Fatalities Project, aired on May 19th, 2010.

        Click here to link to the Warwick Beacon's December 29th coverage of the Zero Fatalities Project.

        Click here to link to a December 29th Barrington Times article on the December 23rd Zero Fatalities Project presentation attended by several teens and parents from Barrington.

        Click here to link to a December 23rd story on WJAR Channel 10 News about the Zero Fatalities Project.

        Click here to link to two Westerly Sun article on the Zero Fatalities Project, one covering the Chariho HS visit in January of 2009 and one covering the Westerly HS visit in May of 2008.

        Chief of Information and Public Relations Tracey Z. Poole discusses The Zero Fatalities Project in a radio interview with Leonard Sipes, Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) on "DC Public Safety." You can access the interview by clicking here.

        The Zero Fatalities Project was covered by a July 7th story in Corrections.com, the largest online community for corrections. The Westerly Sun published an article on the ZFP on May 25th and the Warwick Beacon's published a story on the program on May 13th. The Cranston Herald's editorial, A Time to be Sober, referred to the program as well.

         

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    Coverage of Inspiring Message to Spring Graduates From Legendary Bill Cosby and Ex-Offender Andres Idarraga:

        NewClick here to link to the Today Show piece on former RIDOC inmate Andres Idarraga and his inspiring journey from prison to Brown, and now to Yale Law School. The show aired on Friday, September 12th.

        Click here to link to a story by Tom Mooney in the June 10th edition of the Providence Journal about the inspiring message of Dr. William Cosby to inmates graduating and receiving certificates at the John J. Moran Medium Security facility. In the Journal's June 9th edition, Mr. Mooney wrote about ex-offender Andres Idarraga and his inspiring message to inmates receiving degrees and certificates. Click here to link to the Idarraga story. Today at Brown features a story on Andres Idarraga which can be accessed here. Coverage Dr. Cosby's visit, appeared in the June 9th edition of the Journal's blog, projo.com, as well. Click here for that story.

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    Coverage of our NEADS/Dogs for Deaf & Disabled Americans Prison Pup Partnership Program:

      • Click here to see the Cranston Patch's coverage of a poignant April 25, 2012 reunion between two service dogs, accmopanied by their handlers, and the inmate trainers.
      • Click here to see WPRI Channel 12's coverage of an October 13, 2011, client visit to the Moran facility.
      • Click here to watch a WLNE Channel 6 stoy on the visit by four NEADS clients to the Moran facility where they met the inmate handlers who trained their pups.
      • Click here to link to a July 16th Boston Globe story about Service Dog for Ministry Mosby, trained at the RIDOC's Donald Price Medium Security Facility, who brings hope and love to the members of the First Baptist Church in Littleton, Mass.
      • NewClick here to link to a DVD about the Prison Pup Partnership Program filmed at the John J. Moran Medium Security facility.
      • The RIDOC received a Community Service Award for its Prison Pup Partnership Program from the RI Statewide Independent Living Council on September 24th, 2008. Click here for an article about the award in the October 9th edition of Corrections Connection.
      • Bob Kerr's column on March 6th in the Providence Journal covered the visit of combat Veteran John Sanchez of Las Vegas, Nevada, to Medium Moran where he and his hearing dog, "Honeybuy," met the inmate handlers. Click here for a link to the story.
      • Reuters, a worldwide news agency, recently visited our John J. Moran Medium Security Facility for a story on our NEADS Prison PUPS Partnership Program. To view photos posted on Reuters website, click here and then click on Prisoners Train Guide dogs.
      • While links are no longer available, the following also covered the program: Russia's Channel One did a news story on our Prison PUP Partnership Program during the summer of '07; Channel 10 covered the emotional reunion between a service dog his handler on March 6th when NEAD client John Sanchez, a combat Veteran from New Mexico, came the men's Medium with service dog Honeybun; a June 19th client visit by Canines for Combat Veterans client Darryl Wallace and his wife, Tiffany, of Augusta, Georgia, reunited "Buddy" with his inmate handler, Mike, was covered by Channel's 6, 10, and 12.

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