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Bismarck, ND 58501

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Adult Corrections: Missouri River Correctional Center

Facility At-A-Glance

Address 1800 48th Avenue S.W.
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 5521 Bismarck, ND 58506
James Sayler, Warden
James Sayler
Warden of Transitional Facilities
Deputy Warden Joseph Joyce
Address 1800 48th Avenue S.W.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5521 Bismarck, ND 58506
Phone and fax Phone: (701) 328-9696 Fax: (701) 328-9690
Visiting Hours See visiting page
Security level Minimum Low
Directions Click for Directions


The mission of Transitional Facilities is to teach and practice skills necessary for people to successfully transition into the community.


The MRCC is a 12 dorm, 151 bed-housing unit located south of Bismarck and along the Missouri River. The current facility opened on December 14, 1992. It’s comprised of male inmates with a custody level of minimum. A variety of program services are provided to inmates housed at the MRCC. The services provided include treatment, education, employment, medical, religious, and personal wellness.


The MRCC is located along the Missouri River in southwest Bismarck. The facility has a single housing unit, which was constructed in 1992. The facility is a 12 dorm 151 bed correctional housing facility with no fences surrounding the property. Other buildings on the grounds include a garage for auto shop and other buildings, which are used for offices, inmate recreation, and dining. The MRCC provides a safe and healthy environment for minimum-security residents to apply themselves to the task of rehabilitation. This is accomplished by maintaining proper custody, work, education, and treatment programs, encouraging residents to make the needed changes to be law abiding and successful in society. The main consideration is security. It is stressed to provide a safe and secure environment for both staff and inmates and provide an environment which affords the opportunity to seek treatment, education, employment, medical, and wellness activities, which allow the inmate to improve their self-esteem, life skills, and remain active. The MRCC is comprised of male inmates with a custody level of minimum low. Due to the small amount of time remaining on an inmate’s sentence when they arrive to the MRCC, release plans, re-entry skills, and addiction treatment are stressed to release the inmate into the community with the skills to be a productive member of society.


Upon arrival to the MRCC, a unit Correctional Case Worker and the inmate will complete an initial interview The inmate will then be assigned a specific staff member to work with on an individual basis. The staff member and inmate will have a personal contact and discuss issues at least monthly (30 days) and sometimes more often. Residents are instructed to comply with staff recommendations as a failure to do so may affect housing, parole, employment status, and custody levels.


Inmates will be seen by the Re-classification Committee annually for review of possible change of custody levels and housing unit assignments or when deemed appropriate by staff. Re-classification score sheets will be completed if the inmate receives a major incident report, a parole date, or multiple minor infraction reports. Community eligibility to obtain community employment may only be granted to inmates housed at the Missouri River Correctional Center. Community placement is at the sole discretion and authority of the Director and is non-appealable. Community eligibility applies to those wishing to be placed on a Man Power Services job or Work Release. Community eligibility must be attained prior to applying for the aforementioned work programs. The criteria to meet community eligibility standards are as follows:

    1. Must be within one year of PBSR, Parole or Maximum release date.
    2. Must score legitimately at 6 points or less to be considered. Points will not be waived for placement.
    3. Must have a minimum of 30 days on-site living at MRCC.
    4. Must be in full compliance of all staff recommendations and be treatment and education complete prior to placement.
    5. Must have demonstrated positive work skills and have actively maintained employment prior to consideration.
    6. Must be emotionally and physically capable to handle an off-site assignment, as determined by medical, treatment, security or psychiatric staff.
    7. Must be Class A Incident Report free for a minimum of 6 months prior to application, or from time incarceration began.
    8. Must not have accumulated 3 Class B Incident Reports for a minimum of 6 months prior to application, or from time incarceration began.
    9. The Multi-Disciplinary Committee will review inmates with 85% Minimum Mandatory sentences and or Sex Offenders individually and they will make recommendations to the Director of Prison Divisions.
    10. The MRCC Job’s Committee will make all other placements, to include those with victim issues. Off-site work placement is a privilege and all decisions are final and may not be appealed. Should the committee find it reasonable to review an inmate’s case at a later date, they may do so. (i.e., if the inmate comes into compliance).


All calls are subject to staff monitoring with the exception of legal calls. Inmates may place local and long distance telephone calls during recreation hours. All inmate telephone calls shall be collect calls made at the expense of the inmate or person called (local, long distance, attorney, etc.). No 3-way, 1-800, or 1-900 calls are allowed. Staff Assisted calls will be approved for emergencies only. A written request for all calls must be sent to the Director a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the call. Calls will only be approved for extreme serious illness, death, or setting up transportation for discharge. Staff will dial the number, announce they are an officer of the Missouri River Correctional Center, their title, and inform the caller the name of the inmate that would like to talk to them. The officer will then seek permission from the caller.


Rules and regulations pertaining to property issues are strictly enforced and follow the property guidelines in the Inmate Handbook. Personal property to be sent out of the institution must go through the Property Office. The MRCC will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. No items at any time may be dropped off at the MRCC for any reason. However, an approved person on the inmates visiting list may send discharge clothing 1 week prior to discharge. If someone is providing transportation, they may also bring discharge clothing at that time. All items not allowed through normal institutional channels will be considered contraband. Contraband will be pulled and become property of the state.


A number of educational programs are offered through the Education Department. Education Release may only be attained when housed at the MRCC. Applications will be accepted when the inmate is within eleven (11) months of their goodtime release date and meet all the other criteria. The inmate may attend college classes for 9 months. Other areas of instruction are the GED program, Automotive Technology program, and the Prerelease class.


All inmates housed at the Missouri River Correctional Center are expected to work or be enrolled in full time school during their incarceration. Inmates and staff attempt to target employment opportunities that are in the best interest of the inmate and the facility. Facility jobs for inmates include, kitchen, janitorial, buildings/grounds, and maintenance.


Typical work includes welding and metal cutting at the MRCC and warehouse work at the R.R.I. showroom. Pay for this job assignment is regulated under R.R.I. standards.


This program is an off-site work detail involving inmates going to designated non-profit organizations in the Bismarck area. The typical wage is $2.75 per day.


Work or education release is a privilege granted to some inmates of the MRCC. Work release gives them a chance to earn some money for your release from the institution, to readjust to society, and a job that they may be able to continue after upon released. It also gives area employers an opportunity to fill vacant positions and possibly retain that employee upon release. Work release may only be attained when housed at the MRCC. They must meet all eligibility criteria to apply, which includes attaining community eligibility. Applications will be accepted when the inmate is within six (6) months of their goodtime release date and meet all the other criteria. Applicants at a minimum must have served at least four (4) months of their sentence. A hiring list is maintained in order of most current release date to the furthest release date of those that have been approved.


An assigned MRCC Education Department staff member is the contact person for this service to assist with college plans including Federal Pell grants, student loans, college catalogs, applications throughout the U.S., and A.C.T. testing. Other assistance is available for temporary housing, rent assistance, emergency food, etc. Upon request, inmates may be assisted with discharge planning through their assigned caseworker. It is the inmates responsibility to save as much money as possible during the incarceration as there is no gate money. Considerations to remember are: rent, transportation to secure bus fare, food, coat and other clothing. If an inmate requests a coat for release, he must do so in a timely manner, so that staff has time to research the request. Staff will verify if you have a coat by looking at your personal property sheet. If you had a coat at one time, then sent it out, a coat will not be afforded to you. Staff will also check your inmate accounts to verify how much money you will have for release. If you can readily afford a coat, you should be responsible to buy one. If you have over $100 in both accounts (Release and Spending), you can purchase your coat. Coats should only be given out if the weather is inclement. Receiving a coat is not a given. MRCC staff will not take you shopping prior to discharge.


At 90 days prior to discharge it is the inmates responsibility to notify the Unit Management staff member the inmate is assigned to as to the status of transportation needs upon discharge. If the bus ticket request criteria is met; the inmate should send a request slip to the assigned Unit management staff member to secure a bus ticket. Inmates are encouraged to save money during their incarceration to pay for discharge transportation.


Some of the treatment programs offered at the MRCC are Intensive 2.1, and Cognitive Change. If recommended for treatment programming, the inmates name is placed on a waiting list. The lists are generally developed in accordance with discharge or personal appearance dates before the Parole Board. Some treatment may be completed prior to the personal appearance before Parole Board.


The R.I.P has been designed as an intervention for inmates on parole that violated their conditions, and are destined to return to the Rapid Intervention Program at the Penitentiary to fulfill their parole obligations. The program is designed to offer an alternative for violators. Instead of doing all their suspended time, the R.I.P. will offer a chance to complete earlier and return to community life. The program has been designed as an open entry open exit program. The inmate’s positive behavior and staff evaluations will determine how long they will remain in the program. The goal is to get the inmate back into the community as soon as possible which is a tremendous benefit to the inmate. Inmates involved in the R.I.P. program are expected to adhere to a more strict structure and guidelines then other inmates at the MRCC.


Literature from the Treatment Department on topics such as aggression control and substance abuse may be available through the Treatment Department. The need for the self help program is identified by inmate self report, Case Manager sessions, Correctional Case Worker sessions, or treatment personnel visits. The MRCC has various NA, AA and a CMA self help groups.

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