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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and like most of us, the men at the maximum-security prison in Cranston will sit down to a Thanksgiving meal. Their turkey and stuffing will be seasoned with herbs harvested from their prison garden. 

Rhode Island Department of Corrections

A third letter allegedly threatening the lives of three correctional officers has surfaced at the medium security prison in Cranston. The discovery prompted a lockdown on Wednesday as authorities searched the John J. Moran Medium Security Facility.

As of 5 p.m. prisoners remained confined to their cells and certain areas, and all personal visits were suspended. Rhode Island Department of Corrections spokesman Cory Cloud said State Police are involved in the investigation.

The first recovery center in the state’s Adult Correctional Institute is now open. The Anchor Recovery Drydock is in the women’s facility and will provide female inmates with treatment inside the ACI and resources for when they get out. The Providence Center’s CEO Dale Klatzker said having a recovery support network is key to staying sober and out of prison.

“All the treatment in the world isn’t going to make a difference if you aren’t also able to sustain your sobriety,” said Klatzker. “If you’re in an environment where all the pressures are on you or to use and abuse drugs.”