The Rhode Island Training School for Youth (RITSY) is charged with the responsibility
for the custody and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, and a permanent legislative
oversight commission has found, and continues to find, grave shortcomings in the rehabilitative
and educational programming at the RITSY. The general assembly finds that the failure to rehabilitate and educate these youths
will cause immeasurable pain and cost to the state through preventable injury to other
citizens by former, unrehabilitated RITSY residents and through the substantial cost
of maintaining former RITSY youth in the adult correctional institutions, and/or the
state mental health and/or income maintenance systems. The general assembly has provided resources to the department for children, youth,
and families (DCYF) in excess of ninety-five thousand dollars ($95,000) per year per
incarcerated youth, and the Rhode Island Training School for Youth has lost accreditation
for its present educational system. The department for children, youth and families is currently in violation of the
law passed by this general assembly to maintain an appropriate educational system
for every youth incarcerated at the RITSY, and the failure to provide an adequate
system of rehabilitative and educational programming is the consequence of the ineffective
use of vital and limited public resources.
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