Adult Corrections: Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center
|DOCR Director of Women’s Services||Barb McGillivray
440 McKenzie Street, New England, ND 58647
|Phone and fax||Phone:(701) 579-5100 Fax:(701) 579-5101|
|Visiting Hours||Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 pm-8:30 pm MST
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 9:00 am-4:00 pm MST
The 2003 Legislative Assembly passed House Bill No. 1271, which directed the North Dakota Department of Corrections to contract with county entities for the housing of female inmates sentenced to the DOCR. The Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center was awarded the contract and has been housing female inmates at their facility in New England (Dakota Women’s Correctional Rehabilitation Center) since November 2003.
DWCRC is a 126-bed women’s prison located in New England consisting of a 70-bed minimum unit, a 40-bed medium unit and a 16-bed orientation unit. In May 2006, a 5-bed Special Management Unit (high security unit) was added to the facility. The classified female inmates are primarily housed in minimum-type facilities, allowing for optimal programming opportunities. To address the diverse needs of the female inmates, DWCRC offers treatment programming in the following areas; substance abuse, cognitive restructuring, anger management, healthy relationships, mental health, trauma and loss, self-help meetings, sex offender counseling, and family therapy sessions. The DWCRC Education Department offers the following; GED/ABE classes, computer classes, a welding program, horticulture classes, parenting classes, college correspondence courses, a pre-release program and a carpentry class. Female inmates at DWCRC also have an opportunity to take college classes for credit via interactive television through a cooperative agreement with Dickinson State University.
An industries program is operating at DWCRC (Prairie Industries) and DWCRC staff have worked closely with DOCR’s Roughrider Industries staff on training and contract development matters. At present, there are 18 female inmates employed in the industry program. DWCRC’s industry program is primarily a cut and sew operation, producing hospital gowns and scrubs, t-shirts, prison uniforms, coveralls, jackets, and bedding. They also provide services to a number of local businesses doing primarily assembly work.
At any given time, about 25% of the female inmate population is involved in programming at either TRCC (in the TASC program for female inmates) or at Centre halfway houses in Mandan and Fargo for transitional services.