Criminal System Involvement

Headline:

Expungement clinics are available.

Last-reviewed: 9am, June 22, 2022

Key Resources:

The Basics

  • District court is open.
  • Expungement clinics are open to help eligible people permanently remove certain crimes from their record.
  • A new diversion program for people with substance use disorder or co-occurring disorders is under development.
  • Probationers and Parolees with specific questions should contact their PO for further instructions.
  • RI’s civil death rule was found unconstitutional.

The Breakdown

Court Matters:
  • This administrative order, effective May 2, 2022, details how matters will be scheduled and assigned. It also includes additional  requirements for defendants seeking to expunge charges related to DUI, domestic abuse, and refusal to of a chemical test 2nd or subsequent offense.
  • Expungements assessments are available for eligible individuals; court-related information here. Over the next few months Project Weber/RENEW will be hosting expungement clinics.
  • RI’s archaic “civil death” rule was struck down by the RI Supreme Court. Civil death declared that people sentenced to life imprisonment were considered “dead” for all legal purposes including related to marriage or property ownership.  Read the full court decision here.
  • The Law Enforcement Assisted Deflection, Engagement, and Retention (LEADER) program received federal funding to establish a diversion program for people with SUDs or co-occurring disorders before they formally enter the criminal legal system at the post-arrest/pre-prosecution stage. It will be based out of Woonsocket, and residents from Woonsocket, Lincoln, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. Referrals should begin in early summer 2022. More information here.
  • This calculator to help people assess fees, fines, court costs, assessments and charges on offenses was launched. FAQ here.

Community based resources:

The Bottom Line

  • Care teams can uplift information about court and correctional facilities access as well as community-based resources like House of Hope and Open Doors that support people with criminal system involvement histories.