Policy Research

OpenDoors works to reform criminal justice policies in order to help our clients become contributing members of society. We pursue three broad policy objectives with the goals of supporting successful reentry and improving community safety:

  • Increasing opportunities for people to prepare for release while still incarcerated;
  • Removing the barriers that people face when trying to reintegrate; and,
  • Reducing crime and incarceration rates by increasing access to needed services.

Having built strong partnerships with community organizations, faith groups, the Department of Corrections, and the local police, OpenDoors is uniquely poised to spearhead initiatives to meet these objectives. By combining our data collection with relevant research on prisoner reentry, OpenDoors is becoming the statewide expert on issues related to crime and incarceration. Through presentations and policy reports, OpenDoors is dedicated to educating the public about the need for criminal justice reform.


Current OpenDoors Campaigns

Ending the Use of Solitary Confinement in Rhode Island

Reducing the Incarceration of Women

Previous OpenDoors Campaigns

Recidivism and Crime Reduction: 9 Yards Evaluation

Court Debt Reform: Ending Debtors Prisons in Rhode Island

Creating Educational Opportunities

Marijuana Reform

Expungement Reform

Probation Reform: Freeing the Innocent

Prostitution: Rethinking Arrest

Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Alternatives to Incarceration

Voting Rights


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