CRANSTON — To reach D-mod, a specialized unit at the High Security Center of the Adult Correctional Institutions, you must pass through a series of steel doors manned by guards inside fortified control booths. You must be escorted by at least one correctional officer — on this day, William Galligan, a lieutenant. Louis A. Cerbo, the Department of Corrections’ clinical director, joins him on a tour.
Each of D-mod’s 12 cells holds a single prisoner. Each cell has cinder-block walls, a high ceiling, one fluorescent light, a camera, a tiny window facing outside, a larger window facing in, and a bunk and steel toilet/sink fixture, both bolted to the concrete floor. The metal mirror, warped by age, distorts your reflection. The total floor space of each cell is 76 square feet. There are no radios, televisions, or computers. It is eerily quiet, except when someone is in crisis.
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