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About Rhode Island Open Public Record

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.
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Rhode Island Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Rhode Island Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Rhode Island

  • How did House vote on tolls?
    Are you talking about the truck toll bill? The governor (Raymondo) approved the bill after the debate, 52 for and 21 against. (Staff)
  • What is the best way to view arrests across Rhode Island?
    There are crime maps on individual police websites that show all incidents, including arrests throughout Rhode Island. Arrests are published online by individual, either small or large law enforcement departments. When a person is booked, the police will enter the information in an arrest log, jail/inmate list, or any other term used to show people that are in custody. There are periodicals which show recent arrests in their local areas. (Staff)
  • What do I see when I order a background check in Rhode Island?
    There are numerous ways in which to order a background check and several types. 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. 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. 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. 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, look for the town clerk, some of the services such as form downloads and instructions on how to request property information is also included. (Staff)

Rhode Island Arrest Records


Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • On Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 10:31 PM, Troopers arrested Anthony Capella, age 31, of 45 Park Street, North Providence, Rhode Island, for 1.) Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs B.A.C. Unknown - First Offense; 2.) Refusal to submit to a chemical test; and 3.)...
    August 09, 2020
  • At 10:53 PM, Troopers of the Traffic Safety Unit arrested Isaiah Edwards, age 25, of 80 Curtis Street, Providence, Rhode Island for 1.) affidavit arrest warrant out of the Providence Police Department on the charge of 1st Degree Robbery with Knife and Felony Assault with Knife and 2.) Operating a...
    August 09, 2020
  • On Friday, August 7, 2020, at 10:45 PM, Troopers arrested David Tobin, age 57, of 4 Colonial Drive, North Providence, Rhode Island, for 1.) Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs with a B.A.C. .08-.10 - First Offense (Phase I BAC = .093 ; Phase II BAC = .086); 2.) Reckless...
    August 08, 2020
  • MEDIA CONTACT: 401-764-5606, Major John C. Alfred, Detective Commander On August 7, 2020, at approximately 6:45 AM, members of the Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Joshua O'Brien, age 32, of 441 Woonasquatucket Avenue, Apartment 2, North Providence, Rhode Island, on the following: 1.)...
    August 08, 2020
  • At 11:02 PM, Troopers arrested Matthew Briggs, age 36, of 245C Stony Fort Road, Exeter, Rhode Island, on a Wickford Barracks Affidavit Arrest Warrant for Vandalism/Malicious Injury to Property and Disorderly Conduct. The arrest was the result of a Wickford Barracks investigation. The subject was...
    August 08, 2020
  • At 8:02PM, Troopers of the Traffic Safety Unit arrested Calvin Knight age 39 of 3595 Post Road, Warwick RI for 1. Driving Under the Influence-1st Offense-BAC Unknown, 2. Chemical Test Refusal-2nd Offense (Misdemeanor), 3. Domestic Violation of No Contact Order-Fourth Offense (Felony), 4....
    August 08, 2020

Rhode Island Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Thomas Ead
    Thomas Ead, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/16/2020. Missing From Providence, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Providence Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-272-3121.
    July 29, 2020
  • Missing: Michael Marcoux
    Michael Marcoux, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/24/2020. Missing From Pawtucket, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Pawtucket Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-727-9100.
    July 25, 2020
  • Missing: Anthony Rios
    Anthony Rios, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/19/2019. Missing From Providence, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Providence Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-272-3121.
    July 23, 2020
  • Missing: Brenda Alers
    Brenda Alers, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/27/2020. Missing From Newport, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Newport Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-847-1306.
    July 07, 2020
  • Missing: Searra Chamberlain
    Searra Chamberlain, Age Now: 15, Missing: 06/14/2020. Missing From Smithfield, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Smithfield Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-231-2500.
    July 01, 2020
  • Missing: Hailey Martell
    Hailey Martell, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/14/2020. Missing From Providence, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Providence Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-272-3121.
    June 24, 2020

Rhode Island Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Rhode Island Missing People


Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • David Onasile • East Greenwich, Rhode Island • 25 Years Old
    October 30, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • David Onasile • East Greenwich, Rhode Island • 25 Years Old
    October 30, 2017

Rhode Island Latest Crime Records (Updated 08/09/2020)

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Rhode Island American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 08/09/2020)

  • Rhode Island's demographic and housing ACS survey of 1,053,252 being 0.34 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.4% males and 51.6% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Rhode Island social characteristics data of 409,569 households, which make up 0.35 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 256,036 families with and without children. There are 273,474 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Rhode Island American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 862,851 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.35 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 565,123 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Rhode Island housing characteristics are collected from 462,930 dwellings making up 0.35 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 409,569 or uninhabited 53,361 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 409,569 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Rhode Island Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Rhode Island
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Rhode Island Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in Rhode Island
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Rhode Island
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Rhode Island territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile