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Bismarck, ND 58501

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About Corrections: Our Missions


Our Mission is to enhance public safety, to reduce the risk of future criminal behavior by holding adult and juvenile offenders accountable, and to provide opportunities for change.

Division of Adult Services

The mission of the Division of Adult Services is to improve public safety by promoting individuals accountability while providing opportunities to develop in an environment that is a catalyst for positive growth.

State Penitentiary

The mission of the North Dakota State Penitentiary is to protect the public by maintaining proper custody of the offenders sentenced by the courts; to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff and inmates; and to offer the best work, education, and treatment programs possible, encouraging inmates to make the needed changes to be law abiding and successful in society.

James River Correction Center

The Mission of the James River Correctional Center is to protect the public by maintaining proper custody of individuals sentenced by the courts. Challenging, positive self-improvement opportunities will be provided for staff and inmates. Inmates will be provided opportunities to participate in rehabilitative programs assisting them to become productive members of society.


The mission of Parole/Probation is to protect society by ensuring that the community-placed offenders are provided responsible supervision that requires them to be an active participant in their rehabilitation. The Division is equally committed to the compensation and restoration of crime victims.

Youth Correctional Center

To provide professional, team-oriented juvenile correctional services to troubled adolescents within a safe and secure environment.

Juvenile and Community Services

The mission of the Division of Juvenile Services/Community Services is to provide a continuum of services to juvenile delinquent and unruly youth in North Dakota and to protect society from those juveniles who are a danger to themselves and others. This will be accomplished through the development of a Treatment and Rehabilitation plan for each juvenile and through the provision of an array of services by a dedicated staff who will ensure that the juvenile receives these services in the least restrictive environment.

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