The DOCR Division of Adult Services includes three separate prisons located in three different areas. The North Dakota State Penitentiary was established in Bismarck in 1885. The James River Correctional Center was opened in 1998 on the grounds of the State Hospital in Jamestown. The Missouri River Correctional Center located four miles southwest of Bismarck, was first established in the 1940's as the State Farm.
The NDSP, in Bismarck, is the original prison complex for the state and houses maximum to minimum high custody inmates. JRCC, located in Jamestown, is designed to hold medium-security male inmates. The MRCC, in southwest Bismarck, houses minimum low and community custody male inmates.