Family and Friends

Inmate family member or friend:

This is intended to give you some basic information about how you can stay in contact with your loved one in prison, and become familiar with the necessary rules established by the administration regarding inmate communication, property, visiting, and financial matters.

All male individuals sentenced to the NDDOCR are received at the North Dakota State Penitentiary (NDSP) in Bismarck. New arrivals will go through an orientation program for approximately four weeks. During orientation, the rules are explained, and various staff members provide information on the programs available. Upon completion of orientation, the Classification Committee meets with the inmate and assigns them a custody level, housing unit, and recommends programming (work, education, and therapy) that may be beneficial for the inmate during their incarceration. The inmate is then placed in general population at the NDSP, the James River Correctional Center (JRCC) in Jamestown, or the Missouri River Correctional Center (MRCC) in Bismarck. Female inmates go through a similar orientation process at the Dakota Women’s Correctional Rehabilitation Center (DWCRC) in New England.

Visitation

Visitation

During the orientation program, the inmate may send out visiting applications to those visitors he/she wishes to be placed on his/her list. Once the visiting applications have been received at the institution and approved by the Visiting Control Officer (usually within two weeks), he/she may receive visits from anyone on the approved visiting list.

The Chief of Security can place restrictions on those visitors granted special permission. All children must be accompanied by their own parents or legal guardian, or the inmate's parents at all times during the visit.

Official photo identification will be required for all persons entering the facility except for those under 16 years of age who are supervised by parent or guardian. Failure to produce ID will be grounds to deny admittance.

All visitors' names are checked with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, North Dakota Field Services Department, and local law enforcement authorities. Anyone with pending charges will not be allowed to visit until the charge is disposed of through the court. Anyone on parole or probation will not be allowed to visit until they have been off parole or probation for a period of one year. An exception may be made for immediate family members to visit in the secured visiting area. Names may be removed or kept off visiting list by security, in order to maintain the orderly running of the institution.

Any individual entering the facilities, or their grounds, may be subject to search at any time for contraband articles. This also applies to their personal property. Contraband is any item not specifically authorized by policy. No property or other items will be allowed past the first gate unless approved by security staff. Visitors are only allowed to take their vehicle keys (not a full ring of keys), identification, and money to spend on food items in the visiting room. Lockers are provided in the lobby for a nominal fee to secure those items not allowed.

If an inmate is found in possession of contraband upon completion of a visit, or if a visitor declines to be searched, the visitor(s) may be banned pending investigation by the institution.

Once you arrive at the facility for a visit, we ask that you complete a visiting card. The card will be processed, and you will be directed to the visiting area. The Visiting Room Officer will direct you to a seating area. Visits less than one hour will be counted as one hour.

NDSP Visitation

All visitors must complete a visitation application and be pre-approved and placed on the resident’s visitation list prior to visiting. All visitors are subject to search upon entering the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

It can take 7 to 14 days to process the applications. Once applications are processed, it is the resident's responsibility to notify their visitors of the status of the applications. Due to security concerns, application approvals and denials will not be shared over the phone.

 

You can submit your visitation application one of three ways; by dropping the application off at the front desk, mailing it in or faxing it.

To mail, address the envelope as below:   To fax, send it to:
Inmate Name, #   701-328-6640
North Dakota State Penitentiary    
PO Box 5521 Bismarck, ND 58506-5521    

 

MINOR VISITATION INFORMATION

Applicants can only list their own children on the visitation application, or include custody papers along with their application. A Minor Visitation Application is needed if the child cannot be brought in by the parent of legal guardian. The form must be notarized and returned to visitation. Once we receive it, it then has to be approved by the Chief of Security.

Any child 16 years or older must fill out their own application and provide a valid photo ID. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an approved parent, legal guardian or designated person.

ATTORNEY VISITATION INFORMATION

Attorneys are allowed visits with their clients during the hours of 8 am to 11 am and 12 pm to 4 pm. There is no appointment needed and a computer will be made available, if needed.

VIDEO VISTATION INFORMATION

Video visitation, both on-site and remote, is now available to our residents and their approved visitors. After someone has been placed on a resident’s approved visitation list, they can go to www.videovisitanywhere.com and create an account.

The visitor will be able to schedule on-site visits, which are held in the front lobby of NDSP, and are free of charge. The visitor can also schedule remote visits that are subject to a fee, which will be noted when scheduling. To conduct a remote visit, you will need internet access from a mobile smartphone, tablet or computer with a webcam.

Video visitation can be scheduled between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm and must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. To schedule the visit, you must go to www.videovisitanywhere.com.

You must be on a resident’s approved visitation list before signing up for video visitation and all visitors must adhere to regular visitation rules.

The visiting room is a family experience, so there are rules governing the type and amount of physical contact allowed during the visit. Visitors are expected to familiarize themselves with these rules at the first visit, and adhere to them to avoid future problems while in the visiting room.

All visitors must be fully dressed in appropriate, conventional clothing which is not unduly provocative or revealing and does not resemble resident attire. For the intent of this policy, resident attire is any combination of plane white or grey t-shirt, collared khaki shirt, blue jeans or khaki pants.

Visitor clothing standards include:

  1. No obscene language, gang references, drug and alcohol references, or other objectionable messages on clothing.
  2. Visitors are not to wear any garment which unduly exposes the chest, shoulders, back, stomach, midriff, underarm, sweatpants or pajamas. Necklines must be within two inches of the notch of the neck.
  3. Clothing designed or intended to be tightly worn to excessively accent the body, e.g. spandex, tights, yoga pants, tank tops, etc. is not allowed.
  4. Shorts shall not be worn if more than two inches above the kneecap when standing. Dresses and skirts shall not be less than mid-calf in length. Slit dresses/skirts shall be allowed only if the slit is not more than two inches above the kneecap while standing.
  5. Clothing made of sheer, transparent, net/mesh materials, with metallic ornamentation or any decoration not directly related to the functionality of the clothing is not allowed.
  6. Pants are not to have holes in them.
  7. Appropriate undergarments are required but should not be visible.
  8. Closed toed shoes are required.
  9. Visitors are not to wear hats, gloves, scarves, or outer garments, such as topcoats, raincoats, jackets, and similar inclement weather attire in the visiting area.
  10. No jewelry – including no watch – is allowed with the exception of one ring and a pair of studded earrings.

In situations where a visitor is found to be in non-compliance with the visitor clothing standard the visitor will not be allowed access to the facility. The visitor will be given the choice to leave and change to be incompliance with the visitor clothing standards or secure visitation depending on kiosk availability.

All visitors must have their photo ID on them when entering the facility. Visitor's will be permitted to bring in up to $10, in one dollar bills and quarters only, to use the vending machines located in the visiting room. All money must be in a clear plastic bag for processing. Visitors are responsible for providing their own plastic bag.

Children under 6 months will be allowed a baby blanket and a pacifier. No additional items will be allowed in.

You may have pictures taken with the resident in the visitation room. Vouchers are available in the visiting room, with one picture costing $2.00 and receiving 3 copies. The cost of pictures will be charged to the resident’s account.

One restroom break is allowed. Visitors must inform the visiting room officer before they exit the visiting room. All visitors are to be reprocessed before returning to the visiting room. Visitors leaving the facility are not permitted to return until a full hour has past.

  • Monday through Friday, the doors close at 7:30 pm
  • On weekends and holidays, the doors open at 8:00 am and close at 2:30 pm
  • There is no admittance on weekends and holidays between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm
  • BIU secured visiting is one hour per day during regular visiting hours

 

INMATE VISITING HOURS
Tuesday   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Adult Only)
Friday   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday's   8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Adult Only)
Sunday’s   8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Holiday Visiting
New Year’s Day 1/1/18 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  Adult Only 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  AS Visiting 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     
Memorial Day 5/28/2018 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  Adult Only 8:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  AS Visiting 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     
Fourth of July 07/04/18 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  Adult Only 8:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  AS Visiting 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     
Labor Day 9/3/2018 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  Adult Only 8:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  AS Visiting 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     
Thanksgiving Day 11/22/2018 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  Adult Only 8:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  AS Visiting 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     
Christmas Day 12/25/18 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  Adult Only 8:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  AS Visiting 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

INMATE VISITING HOURS

All visitors must complete a visiting application and be pre-approved and placed on the inmates visiting list prior to visiting. All visitors are subject to search upon entering the James River Correctional Center.

 

MONDAY:
Cancelled Until Further Notice

TUESDAY:
6:30pm to 8:30pm

WEDNESDAY:
Cancelled Until Further Notice

THURSDAY:
6:30pm to 8:30pm – Adults Only

FRIDAY:
6:30pm to 8:30pm

WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. is adults only
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Inmates with the last name starting A through L will be allowed to visit on Saturdays. Those with a last name starting with M through Z will be allowed to visit on Sundays.
HOLIDAYS: (New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day)

Directions to Facility

Directions from I-94 East

Take exit 260 (first exit into Jamestown).
Turn left onto business loop (14th Street).
Turn left onto 12th Ave which becomes the State Hospital Road. (by Stop N Go)
Continue on that road until you come to the North Dakota State Hospital Grounds.
Follow signs for James River Correctional Center (JRCC).

Directions from I-94 West

Take exit 258 which is the Hwy 281 exit and turn south (right).
Turn left onto 37th St SE or Country Club Road.
Turn left on to State Hospital Road.
Take first right and follow signs for the James River Correctional Center.

Directions from Hwy 281 North

Turn left onto 37th St SE or Country Club Road.
Turn left on to State Hospital Road.
Take first right and follow signs for the James River Correctional Center.

INMATE VISITING HOURS

All visitors must complete a visitation application and be pre-approved and placed on the resident’s visitation list prior to visiting. All visitors are subject to search upon entering the Missouri River Correctional Center.


It can take 7 to 14 days to process the applications. Once applications are processed, it is the resident's responsibility to notify their visitors of the status of the applications. Due to security concerns, application approvals and denials will not be shared over the phone.

 

You can submit your visitation application one of two ways; mailing it in or faxing it.

To mail, address the envelope as below:   To fax, send it to:
Inmate Name, #    701-328-6640
Missouri River Correctional Center    
PO Box 5521    
Bismarck, ND 58506-5521    

 

All visitors must have their photo ID on them when entering the facility, except for those under 16 years of age. Failure to produce an ID will be grounds to deny admittance. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Special permission must be granted by the Deputy Warden for other circumstances and written consent must be given by the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Visitor's will be permitted to bring in their car keys and up to $10, in one dollar bills and quarters only, to use the vending machines located in the visiting room. All money must be in a clear plastic bag for processing. Visitors are responsible for providing their own plastic bag.

Visitors with small or infant children will be allowed to bring in a pacifier, total of two diapers, two baby bottles, one small jar of baby food (sealed), one Ziploc bag of baby wipes and one small baby blanket. Any formula brought in must be pre-mixed into liquid form. Formula in powder form will not be allowed into the facility.

No other items will be allowed in and must be locked in a vehicle.

Visitors must inform the visiting room officer before they exit the visiting room for any reason. Visitors are permitted to leave one time during holiday or weekend visiting (i.e., to eat) and will not be allowed back in for a minimum of one hour.

The visiting room is a family experience, so there are rules governing the type and amount of physical contact allowed during the visit. Visitors are expected to familiarize themselves with these rules at the first visit, and adhere to them to avoid future problems while in the visiting room.

Visitor clothing standards include:

  1. No obscene language, gang references, drug and alcohol references, or other objectionable messages on clothing.
  2. Visitors are not to wear any garment which unduly exposes the chest, shoulders, back, stomach, midriff/ underarm, sweatpants or pajamas. Necklines must be within two inches of the notch of the neck.
  3. Clothing designed or intended to be tightly worn to excessively accent the body, e.g. spandex, tights, yoga pants, tank tops, etc. is not allowed.
  4. Shorts shall not be worn if more than two inches above the kneecap when standing. Dresses and skirts shall not be less than mid-calf in length. Slit dresses/skirts shall be allowed only if the slit is not more than two inches above the kneecap while standing.
  5. Clothing made of sheer, transparent, net/mesh materials, with metallic ornamentation or any decoration not directly related to the functionality of the clothing is not allowed.
  6. Pants are not to have holes in them.
  7. Appropriate undergarments are required but should not be visible.
  8. Closed toed shoes are required.
  9. Visitors are not to wear hats, gloves, scarves, or outer garments, such as topcoats, raincoats, jackets, and similar inclement weather attire in the visiting area.
  10. No jewelry - including no watch - is allowed with the exception of one ring and a pair of studded earrings.

In situations where a visitor is found to be in non-compliance with the visitor clothing standard the visitor will not be allowed access to the facility. The visitor will be given the choice to leave and change to be in compliance with the visitor clothing standards or wear green smocks as directed by the visiting room officer.

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VISITING SCHEDULE:

Friday:

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If a designated holiday falls on a Friday, the evening visitation time is cancelled and replaced by the 8:00 am – 3:00 pm timeframe.

2018 Holiday Schedule
New Year's Day, 1/1/18 No Visiting
Martin Luther King Day, 1 /15/18 No Visiting
President's Day, 2/19/18 No Visiting
Good Friday, 3/30/18 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Memorial Day, 5/28/18 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Independence Day, 7/4/18 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Labor Day, 9/3/18 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Veteran's Day, 11/11/18 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving. 11 /22/18 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Christmas, 12/25/18 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

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Inmate Correspondence

NO mail or money can be dropped off at the facility. 

The DOCR will only accept money in the form of money orders, business checks and cashier’s checks through the mail.  Cash and personal checks will no longer be accepted. Any forms of money sent in not fully completed or legible will be returned to the sender. All business checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks must be mailed to the address below.

If the resident is located at North Dakota State Penitentiary (NDSP) or Missouri River Correctional Center (MRCC), please use the address listed below.

  • Resident Name #
  • North Dakota State Penitentiary
  • PO BOX 5521
  • Bismarck, ND 58506-5521

If the resident is located at James River Correctional Center (JRCC), please use the address listed below.

  • Resident Name #
  • James River Correctional Center
  • 2521 Circle Drive
  • Jamestown ND   58401

Please ensure you have listed who the payment is from, who the payment is going to, and the resident's number. Please make the payment out to the resident you are sending payment to.  Business checks $100.00 and over and government checks over $500.00 will be held for 14 days before clearing in the resident's account.  Sending money electronically will be available in the near future.

All incoming mail must have the sender’s full address and at least their last name on the envelope. If their name is not on the envelope, but can be determined by the mail inside the envelope, it will be allowed in. If the name is missing from the envelope and cannot be deteremined by the contents inside, the envelope and the letter will be rejected.

They are allowed to receive books and calendars as long as they come from a distributor such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Edward Hamilton.

Commonly rejected mail items

  • Too many pictures: the maximum amount of pictures allowed in an envelope is 30; the sender may send in more than one envelope with the maximum amount of pictures in one day.
  •  The maximum amount of non-personal correspondence pages allowed from is 10 per envelope. Again, the sender may send in more than one envelope with the maximum amount of pages in each.
  • Cards: cards may not be double layered or have any sound devices, springs or attachments.
  • Third Party mail: Any mail coming in that is from a different individual that is on the return address will be rejected as third party mail. This does not include children or individuals living at the same address putting a letter in with the letter.
  • Crayon and paint not allowed – only marker and colored pencil
     

Rejections

When an item is rejected from the mailroom, the resident will receive a rejection notice. They have 7 days, of receiving the rejection notice, to appeal. If they chose not to appeal the rejection, they have 30 days to have the item mailed out at their expense, sent to visiting to be picked up by someone on their visiting list or have the item destroyed. After 30 days, all items are destroyed.

Rejection notices are also sent to the sender to let them know the item was rejected and letting them know that they have the right to appeal or send out. The sender cannot appeal the item.

Sending an Inmate Money

SENDING AN INMATE MONEY

DOCR will only accept money in the form of money orders, business checks and cashiers checks through the mail. Cash and personal checks will no longer be accepted. Any forms of money sent in not fully completed or legible will be returned to the sender. All business checks, money orders, and cashiers checks must be mailed to the address below.

When sending an inmate money you will need to know where the inmate is located. If the inmate is located at North Dakota State Penitentiary or Missouri River Correctional Center please use the address listed below.

  • Inmate Name, #
  • North Dakota State Penitentiary
  • PO BOX 5521
  • Bismarck, ND 58506-5521

If they are located at the James River Correctional Center please use the address below:

  • Inmate Name, #
  • James River Correctional Center
  • 2521 Circle Drive
  • Jamestown, ND 58401

Please ensure you have listed who the payment is from, who the payment is going to, and the inmate's number. Please make the payment out to the inmate you are sending payment to.

Business checks $100.00 and over and government checks over $500.00 will be held for 14 days before clearing in the inmate's account.

Resident Phone Information

If you would like to receive phone calls from a resident, you must fill out a telephone application and mail it to that resident at their facility. Any telephone number the resident wishes to call must first go through the DOCR telephone application process, which can take 7 to 14 days. Applications will ONLY be accepted through the mail. Once the application is either approved or denied, it will be returned to the resident. It is the resident’s responsibility to notify the requesting individual on the status of their application. Due to security reasons, we will not discuss this information over the phone.

When a resident arrives at the North Dakota State Penitentiary, they are allowed to choose one temporary phone number to contact, which is valid for 30 days. They are given two initial 5-minute phone calls upon arriving at the facility. After the two initial phone calls, any following calls must be paid for by either the resident or the approved caller.

The resident must purchase their phone time from within the facility using their commissary account. Should the approved caller choose to pay for their phone calls, they need to set up a collect call account through Securus Technologies. This can be done by going online to www.securustechnologies.com or calling Securus at 1-800-844-6591.

All phone rates are billed at .079 cents per minute.

Residents are not allowed to receive incoming telephone calls, nor will the staff take messages to pass along. We do not have a resident messaging line available to leave voice messages.

Residents are allowed to make phone calls during their recreation times, which varies depending on their housing unit, to those who are added to their approved phone list. Residents are allowed to have a total of 20 numbers on their approved phone list.

Attorney phone numbers are not added to personal phone lists and instead are placed on a Global calling list. Attorney phone calls are not free and must be paid for either by the resident or with the attorney’s collect call account through Securus.