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Executive Order 96-05
May 6, 1996


WHEREAS, escapes from secure custody at the Adult Correctional Institutions, the Rhode Island Training School for Youth and the Forensic Unit pose a threat to the safety and security of all Rhode Islanders, including residents and businesses in surrounding neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, the people of Rhode island are entitled to protection from such escapes; and

WHEREAS, physical security, escape prevention, escape response planning and timely notification are all essential features of a plan to minimize such escapes and the risks they pose.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations do hereby order as follows:

1. A task force is hereby created and charged with examining and making recommendations concerning the following issues:

a. Escape prevention policies and procedures.

b. Physical security or secure facilities.

c. Escape response planning.

d. Notification to law enforcement agencies.

e. Notification to media and public.

f. Deployment of personnel and coordinated response among law enforcement agencies.

g. Such other recommendations as the task force deems appropriate to address the issues of escape prevention and response.

2. The task force shall include the following members:

a. Col. Edmond S. Culhane, Superintendent, Rhode Island State Police, Chair.

b. George A. Vose, Jr., Director, Department of Corrections.

c. Col. Vincent McAteer, Chief of Police, City of Cranston.

d. William DeFeo, Chief of Police, City of Warwick.

e. Jay Lindgren, Director, Department for Children, Youth and Families.

f. A. Kathryn Power, Director, Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals.

Members of the task force may appoint designees and draw on the expertise of staff within their respective agencies and in other organizations as appropriate.

3. The task force shall submit its report and recommendations to the Governor no later than Friday, June 21, 1996.

This Order shall take effect immediately upon the date hereof.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond