RI Prison System Hiring Tests Are Biased, DOJ Says

Law360, New York (February 11, 2014, 5:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice sued Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Corrections on Monday, saying their hiring tests disproportionately filtered out African-American and Hispanic job applicants.

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island said the combined written and video tests used from 2000 to 2011 to weed out applicants for the corrections officer job were not job-related, but allowed white applicants to pass at a 63 percent rate overall, whereas African-Americans passed at a 41 percent rate and Hispanic applicants passed...
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Case Information

Case Title

United States of America v. State of Rhode Island Department of Corrections et al

Case Number



Rhode Island

Nature of Suit

Civil Rights: Other


William E. Smith

Date Filed

February 10, 2014

Government Agencies

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