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The Rhode Island Open Meetings Act dictates the way in which public meetings are conducted and the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) ensures the access to open public records. The APRA was first enacted in 1979 and revised in 1991, 1998 and 2008. Rhode Island was the forty-ninth state to enact a state law guaranteeing access to public records. Rhode Island has set up the Open Government Unit to investigate violations of the Open Meetings Act and the APRA. There are, however, exemptions defined in the law to protect from disclosure when a persons personal privacy would be invaded without warrant. Rhode Island was the first colony to declare independence from British rule on May 4, 1776. However, Rhode Island was the last state to ratify the United States constitution, and it became the 13th state of the Union on May 29, 1790. Rhode Island is the smallest state by area in the United States. It has 5 counties, 8 cities and 31 towns. The Bureau of Criminal Investigations under the office of the Attorney General allows access to criminal history records. Search quickly and accurately for Rhode Island public records. Solicit all levels of Rhode Island government and their sites for services and public information. Useful links to vital, court and criminal records, as well as current news and crime reports. See Rhode Island crime statistics, census data, housing and economy information. Find criteria about the state's residents, education, income and payrolls. Also explore current real estate data, property and land values. Read about Rhode Island's business demographics and look up taxes by county. Check back regularly as new resources and data are added to this site.

Rhode Island Latest Crime Report
Total Violent Crime:2,651
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:34
Forcible Rape:288
Robbery:713
Aggravated Assault:1,616
Total Property Crime:27,017
Burglary:5,949
Larceny Theft:18,440
Motor Vehicle Theft:2,628
Rhode Island Census Data
Information About People and Demographics
Total population of persons residing within the state in 2010 1,052,567
Estimate of the state's total residency as of April 1, 20001,048,315
Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 20100%
Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 20104,248
April 1, 2000 complete count of statewide resident population1,048,319
Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age60,139
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age6%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age226,825
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age 22%
July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older14%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older150,596
July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents51%
State's white resident population recorded in 2010856,869
State's black resident population recorded in 201060,189
State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 20106,058
State's Asian resident population recorded in 201030,457
State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 2010554
Statewide 2010 resident population of two or more races34,787
Statewide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin130,655
Non Hispanic white resident population in 2010803,685
Statewide percentage of white residents in 201081%
Statewide percentage of black residents in 20106%
Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 20101%
Statewide percentage of Asian residents in 20103%
Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 20100%
Statewide percentage of Two or more races in 20103%
Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 201012%
Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white in 201076%

Vital Statistics

Births and deaths occurring in Rhode Island
Births 200712,376
Deaths 20079,723
Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less in 200791
Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 200987%

Resident Background Information

Education and background history of Rhode Island Residents
Percentage of foreign born population in the state from 2005 to 200913%
Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 200921%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 200983%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 200930%
Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 200981,594

Current Housing and Real Estate Data

Households located in Rhode Island
Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-2009 23 Min
Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2009452,191
Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 200912,355
Housing unit estimates - percentage change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 20093%
Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 64%
Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009$283,700
Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 200940%
Total number of households between 2005-2009404,227
Average size of households between 2005-20093

Rhode Island Employment Data

Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 $28,638
2009 statewide income of median households in Rhode Island$53,243
Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 200912%
The personal income of persons employed in 2007$41,946
Per capita income of persons employed in 2007$39,829
Labor force of civilian workers in 2009567,093
The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 200963,668
The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 11%
Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 615,347
Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 31,521
People employed by the government in 2007 75,063
Earnings by persons working in all industries in 200729,059,152
Average earnings per job in all industries in 200747,224
Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 29,759
The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 433,562
Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008 4%
Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS 71,021
Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 20072,148,674

People and Businesses

Firms and companies of Rhode Island
Total number of firms located in the state for the year 200796,843
Total percentage of black owned private firms in 20073%
Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 20072%
Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 0%
Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 20076%
Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 200727%
Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 12,061,517
Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 20079,182,788
Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 12,286,485
Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 11,646

Land Valuation

Property value and Rhode Island territory
2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 961
The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 161,874
Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms67,819
Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year9,841,059
Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year9,365
Size in square miles of land as of 20001,045
Population per square mile in the year 20101,007
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Rhode Island Recent Court filings
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1:13-cv-00444 Anderson v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA
[Appeal Transcript Request] (<a href="https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/doc1/1611997253?caseid=35206&de_seq_num=51" >10</a>)
July 30 2014 - Source: https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/DktRpt.pl?35206

1:14-cv-00116 Gray v. Caremark PHC, L.L.C.
[Corporate Disclosure Statement] (<a href="https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/doc1/1611997241?caseid=36719&de_seq_num=15" >4</a>)
July 30 2014 - Source: https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/DktRpt.pl?36719

1:14-cv-00347 Downing v. Bank of America, N.A. et al
[Summons Issued] (<a href="https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/doc1/1611997226?caseid=37348&de_seq_num=15" >3</a>)
July 30 2014 - Source: https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/DktRpt.pl?37348

1:05-cr-00122-1 USA v. Nakielny
[Add and Terminate Judges]
July 30 2014 - Source: https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/DktRpt.pl?20336

1:99-cr-00088-1 USA v. Nakielny
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July 30 2014 - Source: https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/DktRpt.pl?18684

1:13-cv-00603 Hogan et al v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP et al
[Corporate Disclosure Statement] (<a href="https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/doc1/1611997086?caseid=35593&de_seq_num=102" >23</a>)
July 30 2014 - Source: https://ecf.rid.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/DktRpt.pl?35593

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Rhode Island Missing Children
Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions
Missing: NADIA COSPER (RI)
NADIA COSPER, Age Now: 13, Missing: 06/25/2014. Missing From WARWICK, RI. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Warwick Police Department (Rhode Island) 1-401-468-4200.
June 26 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1234265&seqNum=1

Missing: MARGARET WEECE (RI)
MARGARET WEECE, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/03/2014. Missing From CUMBERLAND, RI. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Cumberland Police Department (Rhode Island) 1-401-333-2500.
June 05 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1233083&seqNum=1

NonFamily Abduction: ISAIAH PEREZ (RI)
ISAIAH PEREZ, Age Now: 2, Missing: 08/11/2013. Missing From JOHNSTON, RI. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Johnston Police Department (Rhode Island) 1-401-231-8100.
August 12 2013 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1221012&seqNum=1

Family Abduction: KELLY YATES (RI)
KELLY YATES , Age Now: 28, Missing: 08/26/1985. Missing From WARWICK, RI. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Rhode Island State Police 1-401-444-1000.
August 11 2013 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=601944&seqNum=1

Family Abduction: KIMBERLY YATES (RI)
KIMBERLY YATES , Age Now: 31, Missing: 08/26/1985. Missing From WARWICK, RI. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Rhode Island State Police 1-401-444-1000.
August 11 2013 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=601944&seqNum=2

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Rhode Island Recent Criminal Activities
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County, Latest Questions and Answers
Q: What do I see when I order a background check in Rhode Island?
by cyn
A:You can search for records on your own and only get what you need. If all you need is a criminal record check, the criminal courts is where to look. However, if you're looking for assets such as home ownership for example, you can look up land records from the town clerk's office, here are links to town/city websites http://www.ri.gov/towns/, look for the town clerk, some of the services such as form downloads and instructions on how to request property information is also included.
by jill
A:Some background check of criminal records services reveal their coverage, such as whether traffic violations, misdemeanors or DUIs appear. A case search from the courts would generally cover a lot of the criminal records, however traffic violations if only resulted in just a citation will probably not show up.
by lyn
A:Background check is a broad term. In many cases it is just a search of criminal records and others it's more. There are instances where an individual needs to show a driver's history record to an employer as a term of their application process. Various departments throughout Rhode Island have individual responsibilities. Although police departments make out the reports, the cases end up in court. It is best to look up court records as the state police does not seem to have an online source to conduct a background check
by stan
A:There are numerous ways in which to order a background check and several types. I have found a good source to look up records under an individual's name http://courtconnect.courts.state.ri.us/pls/ri_adult/ck_public_qry_main.cp_main_idx. You can conduct the search for different case types at once, or you can also choose to search just a felony or misdemeanors. You will be able to see the case's description, court, filing date, case type, status, arrest details, arresting agency and case ID. This is not a complete background check, only a check of case records of certain types.
by blgr

Q: How can I judge a background check's comprehensiveness?
by beth
A:There are two methods in which a person can check to see if the background check is doing what it claims to do. This first issue to consider is that most people are not familiar with what is searched by the service providing the report. Assuming that you have read but the problem seems to be that you don't believe the results are what they should be. One method is to order the check from another source, in Rhode Island you can check here http://courtconnect.courts.state.ri.us/pls/ri_adult/ck_public_qry_main.cp_main_idx, it's free and instant, all you need is a name and here http://www.riag.ri.gov/bci/ which is the state's attorney general's office's services to see if anything comes up that did not in the report in question. The other method is to go and retrieve the record yourself from the agency. For example, if you believe there was a court case that did not appear, you can request the record directly from the courthouse and obtain copies. If you are strictly looking for just one type of record, your best approach may be to visit the agency that is custodian of the information. Agencies tend to have personnel for public record requests.
by blgr

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