High Side Resources & Press

R.I. Prison System Lacks Resources to Care for Mentally Ill Inmates

Providence Journal, 2014

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An exploration of D-Mod, a unit in High Security, improvements in mental health treatment there, and the harm solitary confinement has on individuals with mental illness

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RI Prison Officials to Examine Controversial Use of Solitary Confinement

WPRI, 2016

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Tim White covers solitary confinement in RIDOC' s Adult Correctional Institute, includes testimony from prisoners, issues with High Side's infrastructure, and reforms in other states

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ACLU and Disability Rights Rhode Island sue RI Department of Corrections Over Solitary Confinement for Mentally Ill Inmates

UpriseRI, 2019 

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A lawsuit against RIDOC for violating the constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment by keeping individuals with SPMI in solitary confinement, including in High Side

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Replacement and Renovation Options for the Rhode Island
High Security Facility

WPRI, 2019

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A consultant that RIDOC hired explored renovating or replacing High Security and found that renovating the building would be more cost effective

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Governor Raimondo Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Executive Summary

State of RI, 2019

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Proposes renovating High Security to "increase programming space, improve energy efficiency, create maintenance and utilities savings, and increase safety for correctional officers and inmates." (p. 104)

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Some Residents Call on Lawmakers to Cut Police Funding, Close ACI High Security Center

36 people submitted written testimony for the House Finance Committee on Public Safety and the DOC hearing July 22, with calls to close High Side and defund the police

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NBC 10 News, 2020

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Solitary Confinement has Human and Economic Costs

Providence Journal, 2020

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Opinion piece that highlights the expenses and harms of long-term solitary confinement in High Side and that other states moved away from supermax facilities and solitary confinement

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Community groups push for ‘Justice Budget;’ call for affordable housing, economic justice, and defunding prisons and police

UpriseRI, 2020

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Press release: community groups release "Justice Budget" that includes housing justice, economic justice, and criminal justice. Calls for closing High Security

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Governor Raimondo Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Executive Summary

Proposes closing two High Side modules and moving 24 prisoners out of state because RIDOC says they cannot be moved to lower classification levels due to enemy issues (see p. 89)

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