Organization Timeline

SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS AFFECTING THE CORPORATION SINCE 1978

2014

  • On January 9th, after consultation with Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice Gibney, the organization agrees to operate the Office of Community Alternatives pilot project in Kent County Superior Court.
  • The organization’s president and CEO met with Thomas Farrell, President of the White Family Foundation, to discuss the Office of Community Alternatives pilot project on March 20th. The foundation awarded the organization a grant to support the pilot project’s research effort on June 5th.
  • Representatives from The Laura and John Arnold Foundation contact Justice Assistance to begin discussions regarding the Office of Community Alternatives pilot project and to determine if the foundation will invite the organization will be invited to apply for a full research grant. Discussions were initiated on February 2nd and began in earnest on March 11th.
  • The organization accepted its first participant in the Office of Community Alternatives pilot project on March 28th.
  • On April 3rd the Board of Directors voted to extend the year general service agreement with the current president/chief executive officer by 1-year through 2019 followed by a subsequent 2-year consultancy.
  • The organization’s management staff meets with Richard Flynn from the Veteran’s Administration to discuss the Office of Community Alternatives on April 9th.
  • The organization’s president and CEO, along with the Brown University research team meet with Neil Steinberg, President of the Rhode Island Foundation, and his management team to discuss the Office of Community Alternatives pilot project on April 30th.
  • On May 6th Michael Fischer, United States Senate Judiciary Committee staff member, contacts the organization after hearing of the Office of Community Alternatives pilot project from Federal Court Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan to discuss federal funding support on May 6th.
  • Rhode Island Foundation conducts a site visit and interviews the organization’s management team regarding the Office of Community Alternatives on June 4th.

2013

  • Also on June 28th the organization receives a $200,000 Legislative Community Service Grant for the Office of Community Alternatives pilot project to develop a supervision model designed to reduce the awaiting trial population at the Adult Correctional Institute. In addition to designing the project model the organization is charged with designing a research component in conjunction with Brown University and agrees to test MAP-IT, a motivational interviewing computer triage.
  • The Office of Community Alternatives pilot project management team meets with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to review the initial project design on August 20th. The attorney general agrees to partner with Justice Assistance in the effort and assigns assistant attorney general and chief of the Kent County division, Maureen Keough, as his designee.
  • On September 11th the Board of Directors’ vote to eliminate the position of executive director and combines the board president position with the title of chief executive officer. Jonathan J. Houston is elected the organization’s president and assumes the additional title of chief executive officer.
  • On April 11th the Board of Directors voted to extend the year general service agreement with the current executive director by 1-year through 2018 followed by a subsequent 2-year consultancy.
  • The organization agrees to enter collaboration with the Brown University School of Public Health and the Roger Williams University School of Law to develop a program and evaluation model to test and implement a treatment centered Office of Community Alternatives for offenders awaiting trial on February 11th. The effort centers upon the implementation of the Affordable Care Act referred to as ‘Obama Care.
  • John W. Wall long-time supporter and influential member of the organization’s board of directors passes away on February 18th. Mr. Wall is credited with creating the organization’s corporate philosophy stating that “…the private sector is the strength behind change in the justice system.”
  • WJAR-TV10 features the organization’s executive director on the evening news focusing on the high (70%) dismissal rates involving the violations of the state’s domestic violence statutes on May 2nd.
  • The organization signs a Supreme Court contract on June 28th (#1199LMT114, $145,944).
  • The organization signs a Supreme Court contract on June 28th (#M2880, $150,000).

2012

  • The organization publishes report regarding the violation of domestic violence statutes focuses on the high rate of plea negotiated dismissals on February 22nd.
  • The General Assembly amends Rhode Island General Law entitled “An Act Relating to Criminal Procedures–Criminal Injuries Compensation” changing the amount appropriated to the annual budget of the administrative office of the state courts and passed through the organization on Jun 12th. Governor Lincoln Chafee signs into law on June 21st.
  • On June 14th the Board of Directors vote to approve the organization’s management succession plan.
  • On June 14th the Board of Directors vote to sign a 5-year general service agreement with the current executive director that includes a 1-year employee option and subsequent 2-year consultancy. It is the first such employment contract in the organization’s history.
  • The organization signs a Supreme Court contract on June 18th (#1199LMT114, $145,944).
  • The organization signs a Supreme Court contract on June 18th (#M2880, $150,000).
  • The City of Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee selects the organization’s executive director to serve as the 2013 Deputy Grand Marshal and the 2014 Grand Marshal on June 26th.
  • The General Assembly awards the organization a $18,225 ($16,625 is enacted) Legislative Community Service Grant on June 30th to manage the Victim Assistance Portal.
  • The organization’s executive director addresses the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association on July 17th. The topic was “Violation of Domestic Violence Statutes Status Report.
  • The organization signs a Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September 26th (#12-418-VOCA, $49,500).
  • The organization hosts the 31st Annual Neil J. Houston, Jr.Memorial Awards Presentation on October 11th.
  • Presiding Justice Alice Gibney and the organization’s executive director meet to discuss expanding program services within the superior court on October 16th.
  • Governor Lincoln Chafee and the organization’s executive director meet regarding the formation of a ‘blue ribbon’ commission to study the federal Affordable Care Act and its potential impact upon sentencing in Rhode Island on November 5th.

2011

  • The organization renews its management agreement with the Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board to collect restitution in January.
  • Organization publishes recidivism analysis of offenders court ordered to attend batterers’ intervention services on March 11th.
  • On June 13th, the Board of Directors votes to increase the client processing fee by $5 per month.
  • The organization signs a Supreme Court contract on June 16th (#1199LMT114, $145,944).
  • The organization signs a Supreme Court contract on June 16th (#M2880, $50,000).
  • The organization receives a $22,500 Legislative Community Service Grant on July 1st to manage the Victim Assistance Portal.
  • The organization launches ‘Justice Assistance News’ a monthly electronic newsletter through Constant Contact on August 15th.
  • Chief Judge Mary Lisi, US Federal District Court, District of Rhode Island, appoints the organization’s executive director to the Merit Selection Panel on October 3rd.
  • The organization hosts the 30th Annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards Presentation on October 20th.
  • The organization signs a Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on November 15th (#11-418-VOCA, $49,000).

2010

  • Organization enters into a management agreement with the Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board to collect restitution on January 10th.
  • Governor Donald Carcieri reappoints, and the Senate confirms, the organization’s executive director to the Vice Chairmanship of the State’s Personnel Appeal Board on June 8th.
  • Organization signs Supreme Court contract on June 9th (#1199LMT114, $145,944).
  • Organization signs Supreme Court contract on June 9th (#M2880, $50,000).
  • Organization completes Department of Justice research study of offender tracking through technology on June 30th.
  • Organization launches the state’s first recidivism study of offender’s court ordered to attend batterers’ intervention services on July 5th.
  • Organization initiates a shared relationship with the Department of Corrections and the state court to devise a referral method for misdemeanor sanctions to be managed by the organization on July 13th.
  • Organization receives a $25,000 Legislative Community Service Grant on November 1st to manage the Victim Assistance Portal.

2009

  • United States Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-District 1) holds a press conference and awards the organization a $200,000 Congressionally Authorized Grant to research the feasibility of inter-operational, statewide, tracking systems for offenders on May 12th.
  • After numerous starts and stops regarding the state GPS bid Lighthouse Computer Services notifies the organization along with the Governor that they are withdrawing their bid to provide GPS tracking of offenders on June 15th.
  • Organization enters into a partnership agreement with AMS-SCRAM to provide alcohol abuse detection on June 18th.
  • Sign Supreme Court contract on July 9th (#2710-10000-0589-10, $145,944).
  • Sign Supreme Court contract on July 9th (#99C00311762-M002880520-10, $50,000).
  • The executive director is invited to become a member of the Rhode Island Highway Safety Coalition on August 25th.
  • At the 28th Annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards banquet the organization presents the 1st Annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge Edward Healey on October 14th. The Board announces that the award will be named in perpetuity the ‘Edward V. Healey Lifetime Achievement Award.’

2008

  • The organization presents the GPS-ACTS solution to Governor Donald Carcieri, Colonel Brendan Doherty and Jerry Williams, Director, Department of Administration on October 24th. The solution anticipates saving the state $20 – $30 million within 4-years.
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on November 18th (#08-402-VOCA, $50,000).
  • The organization presents the GPS-Acts solution to the Rhode Island police Chief’s Association on December 15th.
  • The Providence Journal publishes opinion editorial entitled, ‘Normalize The Individual Not His Or Her Environment’ on January 22nd written by the executive director.
  • Representatives of the Rhode Island Medical Society, Mental Health Professionals Association and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association meet with organization executive director to endorse plan to create an Office of Community Alternatives on January 29th.
  • The organization’s executive director addresses the Netopian Society at Wannimoisett Country Club to discuss the organization’s plan to save money at the Department of Corrections through the use of technology and the creation of an Office of Community Alternatives on March 12th.
  • The organization’s executive director meets with the Office of the Attorney General’s Chief of Criminal Prosecution to alert their office to the emerging practice within the District Court of bypassing the filing with sanctions process on March 20th. A strategy was agreed upon and the practice soon ended.
  • The organization and Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies enters into a student internship agreement on April 1st.
  • Mary Murphy writes a feature ‘Law and Order’ segment on Justice Assistance that appears in The Providence Journal on April 28th.
  • The organization celebrates its 30th Anniversary at The Rotunda in the Convention Center on May 21st. Roger Williams University School of Law hosts the event and Dean David Logan provided the welcoming address.
  • United States Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-District 1) announced a $200,000 grant award to the organization to continue its research and development, in conjunction with Lighthouse Computer Services, to develop an inter-operational, statewide, GPS offender tracking system on July 28th.
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on August 6th (#2710-10000-0589-09).
  • Sign Supreme Court contract on August 6th (#99C00311762-M002880520-09).

2007

  • Rhode Island Victim Support and Advocacy Center abandons contract leaving Parole Board in danger of losing federal grant funds. Organization signs a bridge contract with the Parole Board to provide victim notification on January 17th (# 06-427-VOCA).
  • Executive Director appointed by Senate President Joseph Montalbano to the Joint Legislative Committee to Study Sex Offender Legislation on February 6th.
  • Governor Donald Carcieri appoints the organization’s executive director to the state’s Personnel Appeal Board. The Senate Judiciary Committee votes to approve the appointment on June 20th.
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on June 28th (#2710-10000-0589-07).
  • Sign Supreme Court contract on June 28th (#99C00311762-M002880520-07).
  • Municipal Collecting Agency informs organization that the agency is going through reorganization. Katherine Brown, the organization’s Deputy Director – General Administration, begins a series of negotiations to improve the rate of collection and reporting requirements on July 18th. Within 6-months the rate of return averages a 20% increase.
  • Governor’s office asks the organization to offer solutions to the state’s budget deficiency, in particular savings at the Department of Corrections on September 6th.
  • A local defense attorney files motion to eliminate the Justice Assistance fee. William Brody, Esq. represents the organization and wins a favorable ruling on September 12th. Judge Madeline Quirk presided.
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September 19th (#07-415-VOCA).
  • The organization presents concept paper to the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Brian Stern, calling for the creation of an Office of Community Alternatives November 14th.

2006

  • Organization submits plan to increase offender supervision fees for the Department of Corrections to the House Finance Committee on February 21st.
  • Organization publicly endorses the court budget submit to the General Assembly on March 14th.
  • The organization, in conjunction with Consumer Safety Technology, Inc. of Boise, Idaho, conduct a demonstration of DUI/DWI ignition locking system for the General assembly on March 22nd.
  • Favorably settle IRS dispute regarding penalties and interest surrounding issue with organization’s 990-return on April 4th.
  • The organization enters into an agreement with Lighthouse Computer Services of Lincoln, RI to design a single unit, GPS tracking device to use on sex offenders. Representatives from the courts, law enforcement, corrections, the defense bar, prosecution and domestic violence organizations are brought together to address the issue on April 18th.
  • Citizens Bank agrees to sponsor the Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards Dinner on July 5th.
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on June 24th (#99C00311757-M002880520-06).
  • Sign Supreme Court contract on June 25th (#99C00311762-M002880520-06).
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September 13th (#06-414-VOCA).
  • Hosted 25th Annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award’s Banquet on October 12th.

2005

  • Andrus Family Foundation selects the City of Providence as the first “non-crisis” city in the United States for funding of the Peaceable Communities Initiative. The organization is named the local lead agency.
  • The organization is selected by the Department of Administration and the State Courts to assist with the design and implementation of the Rhode Island Victim Information Portal on February 4th.
  • The organization serves as the local host of a Peaceable Communities Initiative focus group on March 29th. The topic, sustaining good police and community relations, was filibustered by The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence and The Family Center. Andrus Family Foundation withdraws it financial commitment stating, “It did not want to go where it is not wanted” the following day.
  • The COX Cable TV-3 Project Safe Neighborhoods “Town Meeting Gun Summit” receives the COX Corporate Impact Award on June 22nd.
  • The Department of Administration issues authorization allowing the organization private vendor access to the State Government Information Network on August 4th.
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on October 14th (#05-412-VOCA).
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on June 24th (#99C00311757-M002880520-05).
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on June 24th (#99C00311762-M002880520-05).
  • Signs Supreme Court contract modification on July 11th reflecting $50,000 legislative grant.
  • Hosted 24th Annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award’s Banquet on October 20th.

2004

  • Organization begins videotaping Project Safe Neighborhoods local PSA’s and b-rolls on January 27th. Videotaping is done in conjunction with RDW Group, the organization’s media engagement partner.
  • Organization’s executive director is invited to participate in the United Way’s Community Needs Assessment meeting on February 25th and 26th.
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court initiates creating a direct linkage, or victim portal, between the organization and the courts database through the J-Link management information system on March 15th.
  • COX 3 Cable and RDW Group began planning the Project Safe Neighborhoods “Town Meeting Gun Summit” on April 28th.
  • Organization hosts the Project Safe Neighborhoods’ Community Engagement meetings at the MET Center on May 26th and 27th. The Police Education and Research Forum (PERF) and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) facilitated the meeting.
  • The organization’s executive director participated in the COX 3 “Town Meeting Gun Summit” on June 2nd. The live, inter-active program was available to every school in Rhode Island and was aired repeatedly over the month of June.
  • The organization’s executive director was invited by the United States Department of Justice to be part of a 10-member Rhode Island delegation to attend a three-day follow-up summit to reduce gun violence in Kansas City, MO. On June 15th through June17th.
  • The organization entered into a collaborative agreement on August 10th with the ARIAS Group of Cincinnati, Ohio to initiate a “Peaceable Communities Initiative” in Providence. The initiative focused upon police and community relations and involved Resolutions, Inc. of Boston and the Police Education Research Forum of Washington D.C.
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on June 28th (#99C00311757-M002880520-05).
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on June 28th (#99C00311762-M002880520-05)
  • RDW Group places a Project Safe Neighborhoods billboard entitled, “GUN CRIME MEANS HARD TIME. VERY HARD TIME” on Route 95 North. Viti Corporation of Middletown donated the space and RDW Group provided the creative work.
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September 10th (#04-409-VOCA).
  • Hosted 23rd Annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award’s Banquet on October 21st.

2003

  • 25th Anniversary Committee holds first planning meeting on January 16th.
  • Established the Project Safe Neighborhoods Steering Committee on January 21st.
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods selects the upper South Providence neighborhood as the first target neighborhood to reduce gun violence on February 11th.
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on June 20th (#99C00251492-M002880520-04).
  • Signs Supreme Court Contract on June 20th (99C00000000-M002880520-04).
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September23rd (USDOJ- VOCA # 03-409-VOCA).
  • Hosted 22nd Annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award’s Banquet on October 16th.
  • Celebrated 25th Anniversary at the Greenwich Odeum, East Greenwich, RI on November 21st and 22nd featuring a concert by Chicago-based a cappella performers Chapter 6.

2002

  • Brown University and Butler Hospital enter into a second agreement with the organization to conduct a study on domestic violence treatment involving women on January 10th.
  • Brown University and Butler Hospital enter into a third agreement with the organization to conduct a study on substance abuse on April 16th.
  • Board votes to authorize organization to increase processing and supervision fee by $100 on June 11th.
  • The organization’s executive director provides the commencement speech at the Department of Corrections women’s facility on June 12th.
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on July 2nd (#99C00225259-M002880520).
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on July 2nd (#99C00000000-M002880520).
  • Chapter 6, a Chicago based a cappella group, conducted staff in-service training at Conversation’s Restaurant in East Greenwich on September 5th. The Rhode Island Foundation provided funding.
  • Chapter 6 held a benefit concert for the organization at the Greenwich Odeum on September 5th.
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September 20th (USDOJ-VOCA #02-407-VOCA).
  • Project SOS (Survivor Outreach Services) is spun off to the Rhode Island Victim Advocacy and Support Center (RIVASC) as a stand-alone program on October 1st. The organization voices management concerns and recommends that the Rhode Island Justice Commission not continue financial support.
  • Signs two-year contract with US Department of Justice for Project Safe Neighborhoods on September 24th (USDOJ-BJA #2002-F1101-RI-GP).
  • Hosted 21st annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards on October17th at the Providence Marriott.
  • Chief Justice Frank Williams, Rhode Island Supreme Court, appoints the organization’s executive director to serve on the “Committee to Address the Legal Needs of Indigent Defendants” on December 10th.
  • Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court nominates the organization for the national award of excellence to the US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime on December 23rd.
  • The organization’s executive director is invited by the United States Department of Justice to be a part of the 10-member Rhode Island delegation to attend a three-day summit to reduce gun violence in Philadelphia, PA on January 29th through January 31st.
  • United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime presents the organization’s executive director with a certificate of excellence for its outstanding work with crime victims. The award, presented to the organization’s executive director and board president by the Rhode Island Supreme Court on April 23rd noted that the Department of Justice was “inspired by his compassionate service to crime victims.”

2001

  • Executive Director meets with the entire District Court Judiciary and presents a “State of the Organization” address at their annual meeting on January 26th. The judiciary asks that this become an annual presentation.
  • Organization completes the revised program policies and procedures and submits them to the Board of Directors for approval on April 12th.
  • Organization completes the revised position descriptions and submits them to the Board of Directors for approval on April 12th.
  • Organization conducts in-service staff training on May1st and May 8th.
  • City of Cranston Mayor, John O’Leary, appoints the organization’s executive director to the Commission to Study Public Buildings on June 19th.
  • Department of Business Regulations penalizes the organization $400 for failure to register as a fund-raising agency on June 4th. The organization questions fine, stating its exempt status. DBR agrees but notes that future fund-raising efforts may be hindered if the organization hires professional fund developers. On September 27th the organization signs a consent decree.
  • Signs RI Department of Administration contract on June 22nd (#P002880520).
  • Internal Revenue Service agrees to waive all penalties and interest charged the organization associated with late payroll taxes on June 28th. IRS informs the organization that the late filings were out of the control of the organization.
  • Primary author of the amendment to RIGL 12-29-4 entitled, “Domestic Violence Act” relating to filings on June 29th.
  • Signs Supreme Court contract on June 29th (#M002880520).
  • Notified the Court Administrator that the organization will no longer provide services to crime victims in Kent, Newport, and Washington County Superior Courts on June 26th. The effective date is July 1st and three employees are laid-off.
  • Modified contract #2710-10000-589 and #2710-80900-589 on July 2nd to reflect change in service.
  • The organization’s executive director is asked by Senator Lincoln Chafee to submit his resume for the position of US Marshal. He agrees to submit the resume but informs the Senator’s Chief of Staff that he is not interested.
  • Brown University School of Medicine, Butler Hospital, and FVI, LLC enter into an agreement with the organization to conduct a study on substance abuse, its relationship to domestic violence, and treatment design on July 3rd.
  • RI Department of Corrections enters a collaborative agreement to provide department specific victim notification cards on August 21st.
  • Spectrum, Inc. of Marlboro, MA approaches organization about purchase and merger on August 23rd.
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September 17th (USDOJ-VOCA #01-407-VOCA).
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September 17th (USDOJ-VOCA #01-408-VOCA).
  • Hosted 20th annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards on October 18th at the Providence Marriott. Keynote speaker: Larry Meachum, Director, Office of Justice Assistance, US Department of Justice (Director Meachum is hospitalized two days prior to the event and cancels his appearance).

2000

  • Signed Department of Administration contract on June 25th (#2481-40100-0589).
  • Signed Supreme Court contract on June 25th (#2710-10000-589).
  • Signed Violent Crime Indemnity Fund contract on June 25th (#2710-80900-0589).
  • Redesigns and implements Project Survivor Outreach Services at the request of the Rhode Island Justice Commission (formally the Governor’s Justice Commission) and signs management contract on September 27th (USDOJ-VOCA #00-409-VOCA). Enters into a collaborative agreement with the RI Victim Advocacy and Support Center and agrees to assist RIVASC in attaining their IRS 501-C-3, charitable organization status.
  • Signs Rhode Island Justice Commission contract on September 27th (USDOJ-VOCA #00-408-VOCA).
  • Hosted 19th annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards on October 19th at the Providence Marriott. George Keiser, Director, National Institute of Corrections, US Department of Justice.
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Weisberger appoints the organization’s executive director to serve on the Committee on Rules of Evidence: Child Sexual Assault on November 1st.