Who We Are

Since 1978, Justice Assistance has been in the vanguard of providing criminal justice services and improvements to the Rhode Island community.  Initially, having identified long-standing employment problems for Rhode Island's adult ex-offender population, Jonathan J. Houston organized a small group of professionals to focus and help address this issue.  Now, Justice Assistance is an IRS certified 501(c)(3) multi-services charitable organization, and an active participant in all facets of the justice system. 

Justice Assistance endeavors every day to be an effective service provider that stimulates excellence in the administration of justice.  We provide demonstrable support, guidance and instruction to victims of crime as well as offenders.  We facilitate the satisfactory outcome for victims and manage and guide the offender toward a successful completion of their court order. 

With a dedicated staff and active Board of Directors, Justice Assistance marshals its collective energies into designing and implementing new programs benefiting every Rhode Island citizen and business. 

National Perspective

In a recent study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 31 states, including Rhode Island, released data regarding the composition of their criminal caseloads.  As of 2016, misdemeanor crimes made up 76% of the criminal caseload composition.   Justice Assistance is a cost-effective service provider.  Not only do we curb costs associated with the custody and control of misdemeanor offenders, we also advocate for victims, something a larger entity may not be capable of doing in such a personal way.

The Value of Justice Assistance

  • Since 1983, we have collected $4.6 million dollars in restitution from misdemeanor offenders to be reimbursed to victims of crime.
  • Our case managers made over 14,000 contacts with victims of crime in 2019.
  • Just 9.8% of our clients were placed on court calendars for non-compliance in 2019, saving taxpayers an accrued estimated cost of $235,000 (Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Dec. 2018) for avoidance of court appearances.
  • According to Rhode Island Department of Corrections' data, active community supervision cost the sate $5/day per person.  By redirecting 1,089 offenders to Justice Assistance in FY2019, the state attained a potential savings of $1,684,645.

 

Board of Directors FY 2021

KATE C. BRODY
Attorney-at-Law
RI Commission for Human Rights

ROBERT DELANEY
Director
Institute for Labor Studies & Research

SUSAN A. FABRIZIO
President
Flagship Staffing Services

EMMETT HARDIMAN
Assistant Public Defender
Office of the RI Public Defender

NOAH J. KILROY
Attorney-at-Law
Kilroy Law Firm

MARY LEACH
Executive Vice President
Bank Newport

CYNTHIA L. LAUGHLIN
President
Recruiting Specialists

BERNARD MANCHESTER
Consultant

 

DEBRA A. MORETTI
Manager
JORI Consulting

STEVEN O'DONNELL
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of Greater Providence

OSCAR L. PEREZ
Major
Providence Police Department

JAMES P. RILEY
Consultant / Artist

WAYNE T. SALISBURY, JR.
Assistant Director / Administration
RI Department of Corrections

TODD SHAPIRO
Development Officer
Citizens Bank

MARY F. SMITH
Assistant Director, Management & Finance
RI Superior Court - Arbitration Program

CHERYL N. VENANCIO
Consultant

Neil J. Houston, Jr.
Memorial Awards

2021 Recipients:

  • Kobi J. Dennis
    Diversity and Inclusion Manager
    YMCA of Greater Providence
  • David Neill
    Outreach Coordinator
    US Attorney's Office
    District of Rhode Island
  • The Honorable Netti C. Vogel
    Associate Justice
    Rhode Island Superior Court
  • Michael J. Yelnosky
    Professor of Law
    Roger Williams University
    School of Law

 

 

 

 

 

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Edward V. Healey, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

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R. Kevin Horan Emerging Leader Award

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