Maximum Security Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: October 24, 2021
40 Howard Avenue PO Box 8273, Cranston, RI, 02920
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Opened since 1878, Maximum Security Facility in Cranston, Rhode Island is the state’s oldest operational prison. The facility was originally designed to house 252 inmates. To accommodate growing population, an addition was built in 1924 consisting of two cell blocks and 198 cells which became known as “steel city.”

Maximum Security once served as the state’s prison for inmates who were awaiting trial as well as those who were already sentenced. As the sentenced population grew and the needs of the prison system changed, other facilities were added. The current capacity of this facility is 440 inmates.

This facility is surrounded by a wall with observation towers and a double chain-link security fence equipped with an electronic intrusion detection system. Maximum Security is divided into six housing areas, one segregation unit, kitchen/dining area, recreation yard, education/gym building, and an industrial area.

Maximum Security employs over 230 inmates. Inmates, who are referred to as Trustees, perform different jobs around the facility. Approximately 190 inmates work in areas such as the kitchen, laundry, barbershop, library, and as porters within the housing modules and recreation areas. Industries consists of a print shop, carpenter shop, and laundry. Trustees are paid a small amount for their services.

Maximum Security facility also operates several industry programs which also employ inmates, including a carpentry shop, a print shop and an industrial laundry operation.

This facility offers rehabilitative treatment programs for inmates that include anger management, domestic violence, sex offender treatment, substance abuse treatment, parenting courses, life skills classes and more.  All inmates who do not possess a diploma are highly encouraged to participate in adult basic education courses and should try to obtain their GED.

Indoor and outdoor recreational areas are available. Inmates are encouraged to participate in daily activity each day. They are allowed to go outside for several hours a day to play sports or exercise.

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Maximum Security
40 Howard Avenue PO Box 8273, Cranston, RI, 02920

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Jail Name Maximum Security Facility
Jail Type State Prison
State Rhode Island
County Providence County
Web Page website
Address 40 Howard Avenue PO Box 8273, Cranston, RI, 02920
City Cranston
Zip 2920
Phone 401-462-2637


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