Behind the Walls
Please join us for a screening of the movie COINTELPRO 101 THIS FRIDAY, 5/22 at 6 PM. It will be followed by a conversation on liberation, resistance, and freeing politcal prisoners with former political prisoners Laura Whitehorn and Ashanti Alston Omowali. For more information on our speakers, visit and @laurawhitehorn   Por favor únase a nosotros para una proyección de la película COINTELPRO 101 ESTE VIERNES, 05.22 a las 6 PM. Será seguida por una conversación sobre la resistencia y la liberación de los presos politcal con ex presos políticos Laura Whitehorn y Ashanti Alston Omowali. Para más información sobre nuestros oradores, visite y @laurawhitehorn
There will be no meeting today, Monday 5/5. Instead, join us at the Rhode Map RI "Building a Better RI" Open House at the Southside Cultural Center at 393 Broad Street, Providence from 5-8pm, to make sure our communities voices are heard by the RI Division of Planning! The next BtW Committee meeting will be held on May 12th from 6-8pm at 340 Lockwood Street. We will be discussing our upcoming campaigns and responding to mail from people currently incarcerated. 
Monday, 05 May 2014 15:01

Mother's Day Brunch

Join us for brunch on Saturday, May 10th, to celebrate the mothers of our community in fellowship and solidarity with moms who've been affected by incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex. There will be food, raffle prizes, entertainment, and childcare, and lots of fun for everyone! 10 AM - 1 PMSaturday, May 10th340 Lockwood Street Donations of breakfast items (butter, eggs, juice, cheese, etc.) welcome and very appreciated!!  Please bring any items to DARE (340 Lockwood St) by May 8th.
Thanks to Rhode Island's new Ban the Box law, it is now illegal for employers to ask about applicant's criminal history on most job applications. Employers must wait until at least the first interview to ask the question "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" to potential employees, allowing more people a fair shot at employment, even if they have records. Now, it's up to everyone to stand up for their employment rights, by reporting businesses that violate the law. The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights is responsible for enforcing Ban the Box. Click here to access the RICHR complaint form, or call us at DARE at (401) 351-6960 and we will assist you in any way necessary, including filing a complaint on your behalf.    Gracias a la nueva Prohiba la Caja ley de Rhode Island, ahora es ilegal que los empleadores preguntan sobre los antecedentes penales del solicitante en la mayoría de las solicitudes de empleo. Los empleadores tienen que esperar al menos hasta la primera entrevista para preguntar "¿Alguna vez ha sido condenado por un crimen?" a los empleados potenciales, permitiendo que más gente una oportunidad justa de empleo, incluso si tienen antecedentes penales. Ahora, es la responsibilidad de todo el mundo para defender sus derechos laborales, al reportar las empresas que violen la ley.  La Comisión de Rhode Island para los Derechos Humanos es responsable de hacer cumplir la Prohiba la Caja. Tocar aqui para…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 02:00

Upcoming Behind the Walls Committee Meetings

Join us in the fight for systemic change in the criminal justice system! The Behind the Walls Committee is gearing up to start work on new campaigns--come tell us about the issues that concern YOU, and the changes YOU would like to see. We will be meeting every Monday in March from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at 340 Lockwood Street. Meetings are open to all and new members are ALWAYS WELCOME! Upcoming meetings: Monday, March 3rd Monday, March 10th  Monday, March 17th  Monday, March 24th 
Saturday, 30 November 2013 17:24

Behind the Walls Committee Meeting

Come to the weekly meeting of the Behind the Walls committee at 6pm on Monday, December 16th at 340 Lockwood Street in Providence. Whether you're a family member or loved one of someone in prison, a student, a community member interested in prison reform and civil rights, or a formerly incarcerated person, all are welcome! Refreshments will be served.   
Saturday, 30 November 2013 16:53

"Beyond the Box" Movie Screening

Join us for a special screening of the documentary film "Beyond the Box," about the movement to pass the Ban the Box legislation, on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 3:00pm at the Knight Memorial Library auditorium. "Beyond the Box" follows the struggle of Rhode Islanders with criminal records to overcome employment discrimination through legislative change and community activism. The event will also feature a panel discussion with the subjects of the documentary, live performances, and food. Knight Memorial Library 275 Elmwood AvenueProvidence, RI 02907  
In anticipation of the Ban the Box law going into effect on January 1st, 2014, DARE's Behind the Walls Committee will be holding short information sessions about the new law, what it will mean for people with criminal records who are applying to jobs, and how job applicants can make sure their employment rights are being respected, as well as some tips for resume writing, applying, and interviewing. Presentations will be held at: Anchor Recovery Center, at 249 Main Street in Pawtucket, on December 10th at 11 AM Amos House, at 413 Friendship Street in Providence, on December 12th at 5 PM   Crossroads Rhode Island, at 160 Broad Street in Providence, on December 17th at 10 AM  Children's Friend and Services, at 153 Summer Street in Providence, at December 17th at 6PM .....with more to come Come learn about the new law and how it affects YOU!  
Friday, 22 November 2013 19:47

Ban The Box Updates

WE WON - BAN THE BOX HAS PASSED! RI has now become the 10th state to pass Ban the Box legislation! Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed the bill on July 15th, 2013, and the law goes into effect on January 1st, 2014.  This law will make it possible for thousands of job seekers, who have records, to get their foot in the door by removing the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from job applications and postponing this question until later in the hiring process! But this new law doesn’t just remove a question off of a piece of paper. What we did sends a new signal to our state and those with records who are trying to make an honest living: that we are more than a record, that we all have the right to feed our families, and that we have a great deal to offer our communities. And this could not have happened without your hard work!   WHAT'S IN THE NEW LAW? Starting on January 1st, 2014, it will be illegal for employers, public or private, to ask about applicants' criminal history on job applications either verbally or in writing.  Employers must wait until at least the first interview to ask about prior convictions.  The new law does not override existing laws that block people with specific convictions from specific jobs, for example, those barring people convicted of crimes against children from childcare. WHAT TO…
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 00:00

Prison Film & Discussion

THE BEHIND THE WALLS PRISON FILM & DISCUSSION SERIES Film: The New Asylum Explores the issue of mental illness and solitary confinement within the prison system. Discussion: Women in Prisons Did you know that women are currently the fastest growing population of prisoners? Join our discussion about women's experiences in the criminal justicesystem. Film: Stronger Than Their Walls Follows the true story of several men from Rhode Island who served time for crimes they were not convicted of and the struggle to change RI probation laws. Discussion: Censorship in Prisons Why can’t inmates get access to educational books? Why aren’t they getting their mail? Discuss the ways the Department of Corrections prevents empowering information from getting into the prisons. Stop the School to Prison Pipeline Explores the national trend of youth being funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile justice system. Workshop: How to Expunge Your Record Learn how to get unwanted items off of your criminal record. HOW DOWE FIGHT THE PRISON SYSTEM? Come join the FIGHT! Everyone is welcome!   (Dinner and Childcare is always provided)