Court Debt and Related Incarceration in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, individuals who owe money to the state because of past criminal convictions are frequently incarcerated because they fail to appear at ‘Ability to Pay Hearings’. Every year, thousands of individuals sit in the Rhode Island jail not for crimes, but because they owe money to the state. This Rhode Island Family Life Center report concludes that there is a haste to incarcerate individuals for court debt in the state which causes unnecessary jail time, is an inefficient use of state finances, and disrupts people’s lives.

Court Debt and Related Incarceration in Rhode Island