Representative Robert Nardolillo Calls for Action at State’s Training School
STATE HOUSE -- Representative Robert Nardolillo (R-District 28 Coventry), a member of the House Oversight Committee, is calling upon Governor Raimondo to conduct a thorough investigation into the Rhode Island Training School, and provide staff with critical safety gear.
“During last night’s House Oversight Committee hearing, members heard alarming details of how four employees and two residents of the juvenile correctional facility were injured and sustained injuries during a brawl at the Training School on Wednesday evening. What bothers me is the fact that union officials say, this is one of many recent assaults on workers at the school, and that staff are not equipped with the proper gear to manage such a melee,” said Rep. Nardolillo.
“Union officials testified they have no body armor, and are unable to use pepper spray to subdue aggressors. Apparently, the camera system is not operational, so there is no evidence documenting the hostile activity inside the Training School. Also, there are doors inside, which do not open properly. For all we know, it’s far worse in there, than anyone knows.” he added.
“While the Governor has announced a top-to-bottom review of the school, I am calling upon her, to, at the very least, provide staff with body armor and allow them to use pepper spray, if necessary. It is imperative we keep the Training School’s young people, as well as staff safe.”
“If thirty of sixty-nine staff members are out of work, due to injuries, the system is broken. Governor Raimondo has a duty to fix it. At the very least, she needs to provide Training School workers with the proper tools of the trade, to protect themselves.”
For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903