ACI intake center to be named for late islander
The Department of Corrections’ Intake Service Center will soon be renamed for the late Anthony P. Travisono of Jamestown, the first director of the state’s Department of Corrections, under recently passed legislation sponsored by state Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed and state Rep. Deborah Ruggiero.
The legislation would rename the center, located in the Adult Correctional Institute campus on Howard Avenue in Cranston, the “Anthony P. Travisono Building.”
Travisono, who died on April 4 at age 83, worked for more than 45 years in the corrections field, and was a pivotal figure in modernizing the state’s correctional practices. Under Gov. Francis Licht, he oversaw the reorganization of the state’s Department of Social Welfare into three separate departments: Social and Rehabilitation Services; Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals, and Corrections. When the Department of Corrections was established in 1972, he became its first director.
Travisono also created the graduate extension program on correctional management at Salve Regina University in Newport in 1993. He later became the executive director of the American Correctional Association.