Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is to protect the public from people who pose a threat to society. Our mission is accomplished by operating a safe, secure, and humane facility that is in compliance with state and federal law, as well as the American Correctional Association standards. Our employees are highly trained professionals and will uphold ethically sound behavior at all times.

Motto: Pride, Performance, Professionalism.


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About the Facility

The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility, located in Central Falls, RI, is operated by the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation (CFDFC). It is a quasi-public corporation governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the Mayor of Central Falls. The Board, in turn, appoints an administrator of the corporation who is responsible for overseeing the management and overall operation of the corporation and the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.

The Facility operates at maximum security providing housing for up to 730 adult male and up to 40 adult female detainees and is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). During the most recent re-accreditation audit, the Facility received a 100% rating on all mandatory and non-mandatory ACA standards.

Regular inspections of the Facility are conducted by various oversight agencies including the US Department of Justice Office of the Federal Detention Trustee; the US Marshal Service; and RI Department of Public Health among others.

Detainees housed within the facility are in the custody of the United States Marshal Service’s various jurisdictions including, but not limited to Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.




2015 Correctional Officer Training Academy

The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is seeking motivated men and women of good character to participate in its 2015 Correctional Officer Training Academy. Click here for details.

Apply in person:

Wyatt Training Center
935 High Street
Central Falls, RI 02863
December 15th, 16th, 18th, and 19th from 9 AM - 4 PM
December 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 29th and 30th from 9 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday, December 17th from 11 AM - 7 PM
Saturday, December 27th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Completed Applications must be returned by:
Tuesday, December 30th @ 4pm

This is the first step in the recruitment process and will be followed by written testing, physical testing, extensive criminal, social and work experience background checks, interviews, and psychological, physical and drug examinations before the academy begins.

Wyatt Receives Excellent Rating 

December 11 - 13, 2012, auditors representing the U.S Department of Justice Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (OFDT) conducted a ”Quality Assurance Review” (QAR) at the Wyatt Detention Facility. The team of seven “subject matter experts” were contracted by the OFDT and tasked with conducting an audit of the facility based on the Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards (FPBDS) for non-federal detention facilities. The standards are designed to ensure the safe, secure, and humane confinement of federal detainees.

The December QAR included a review of policies, procedures, related documentation and operations of the facility during the three day period. Numerous interviews with staff and detainees were conducted as well as tours of the facility on all three shifts. At the conclusion, the auditors found “the level of performance exceeds the requirements with exceptional internal controls” and gave the facility an “Excellent” rating -- the highest rating a facility can receive.

“The facility continues to receive high marks and accolades from correctional industry peers,” said, Steven Hartford, former Chairman of the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation Board of Directors. “We know we have a top-rate facility and we know the potential is there for long-term economic benefit to the City of Central Falls and to Rhode Island.”


Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility
950 High Street
Central Falls, RI 02863-1506

General Information: 401-729-1190

Fax: 401-729-1194


Human Resources
Lori Pouliot

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