North Dakota State Records

What Are Inmates Records?

Inmate records contain official documents, data, and information about an inmate held, detained, or imprisoned in correctional inmate facilities managed by the state, county, city or any other municipality. Information contained in these records may include the offender's first, middle, and last name, inmate’s identification number, date of birth, charges, sentence and sometimes, a photograph of the inmate.

Structure of the North Dakota Corrections Facilities

The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation serves as the primary agency with administrative powers over correctional institutions in North Dakota. It oversees four adult state prisons.

North Dakota State Penitentiary
3100 Railroad Avenue
P.O. Box 5521
Bismarck, ND 58506-5521
Tel: (701) 328-6100

James River Correctional Center
2521 Circle Drive
Jamestown, ND 58401
Tel: (701) 253-3660

Missouri River Correctional Center
1800 48th Avenue S.W.
Bismarck, ND 58506
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 5521
Bismarck, ND 58506
Tel: (701) 328-9696

Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center
440 McKenzie Street
New England, ND 58647
Tel: (701) 579-5100

Can Anyone Visit an Inmate

Not everyone can visit a North Dakota Correctional institution. Persons with pending charges are barred from visiting an inmate until the charges have been disposed of in court. Persons on parole or probation are restricted from visiting unless they have been off parole for a minimum of 1 year period or are immediate family members of the inmate. In that case, they may be allowed to visit under conditions stipulated by the Control Officer of the institution.

Persons whose names have been kept off the visiting list for security reasons also can not visit an inmate in North Dakota. Persons below the age of 18 may visit an inmate in North Dakota but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Visiting an inmate in North Dakota

All intending visitors to North Dakota correctional facilities must be approved on the inmate’s visitor’s list. An inmate is required to send out visiting applications for persons they would want a visit from. Applications must be fully completed, signed and sent to the particular institution in which the inmate is housed. Applications may be sent by mail, fax or physically dropped off at the reception desk of the institution. Minors may be listed on their parent’s or legal guardian’s applications, or a minor’s visit application may be completed for a minor who will be accompanied by a person other than their parents. All minors 16 years and above must complete a separate application form.

All applications are considered and approved or denied by the Control Officer. Consideration process may take up to 2 weeks. Before the decision for approval or denial is made, the prospective visitor’s name is checked with the North Dakota Field Services Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and local law enforcement authorities.

During a visit, visitors (except for accompanied children below 16 years of age) are required to present official valid photo identification such as driver’s license, military ID and other government-issued IDs with the bearer’s name, and photographs. Children below the age of 16 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian are excluded. Visitors are also required to complete a visiting card at arrival, for processing, and sit on the seats to which they are directed by the Visiting Room Officer.

An approved prospective visitor may be able to schedule a video visit for an inmate in North Dakota State Penitentiary (NDSP) at no cost or remotely by registering and scheduling on the video visit scheduling website at a fee. A remote video visitor must have an internet connection on their tablet, phone or computer, and a webcam. Video visits can be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., at least 24 hours before the visit.

Corrections Facilities in North Dakota abide by strict dress codes for visitors and other applicable rules and regulations. Prospective visitors are advised to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations applicable to the institution they intend to visit.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in North Dakota

There a several options for sending money to an inmate in North Dakota, including

  1. Online payment through JPay. The sender can do so by visiting the Jpay website. For more information on how to send money through Jpay, the sender may follow the how-to guide here or call

(800) 574-5729 to Speak with an agent, any day of the week.

  1. Mobile App payments may be done on the Jpay mobile App.
  2. Moneygram by using the Receive code 1304
  3. Money Orders. A sender can send money using the Money Order Deposit Form provided on the website of the ND DOC. The form must be properly and completely filled out to ensure the money order is not returned to the sender without payment to the inmate. Money orders should be made payable to:

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How to Find Inmate Records in North Dakota Counties

Most counties in the state provide public access to general inmate information using an online inmate locator service on their official website. For instance, Ward County Detention Center, North Dakota allows interested persons to click and download its jail roster, which is updated at 12.00 a.m. every day. Cass County Jail provides also provides an online list of persons in custody. In addition, members of the public can obtain records or information by contacting the jail administrator or Sheriff’s office by phone, mail or in person.

How to Find Inmate Records in a State Correctional Facility

The North Dakota DOCR provides an online resident lookup service that allows interested persons to find inmates housed in North Dakota Corrections facilities. To do an inmate search:

  • Visit the website of the ND DOCR,
  • Click the family and friends section on the homepage menu and
  • Type the inmate’s name in the box provided.

While partial information such as the first two letters of the inmate’s last name is acceptable, the agency advises that requesters fill in the inmate’s name completely to narrow down the results of the search.

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Results Include

Full Criminal Case Details:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Blackmail
  • Conspiracy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Felonies
  • Firearms
  • Fraud
  • Infractions
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny
  • Manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Obstruction
  • Perjury
  • Parole Violation
  • Probation Violation
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Solicitation
  • Theft
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