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3100 Railroad Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501

701.328.6390 · Phone
701.328.6651 · Fax

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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
Wardens James Sayler, Warden
James Sayler
Warden of Transitional Facilities
Joey Joyce, Deputy Warden
Joey Joyce
Deputy Warden
Joey Joyce, Deputy Warden
Lance Anderson
Transitional Facilities Contract Administrator
Phone and fax Phone: (701) 328-9696
Fax: (701) 328-9690
Visiting Hours See visiting page
Security level Minimum Low
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Provide a safe environment to learn and practice skills necessary to be successful in the community.


The MRCC is a 13 dorm, 191 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 residents with a custody level of minimum. A variety of program services are provided to residents housed at the MRCC. The services provided include treatment, education, employment, medical, religious, personal wellness and work release.


The MRCC is located along the Missouri River in southwest Bismarck. The facility has a two housing units. The main housing unit, which was constructed in 1992, and a Transitional Housing Unit which was initiated in February 2016. The facility is a 13 dorm 191 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, dining and storage for work projects. The MRCC provides a safe and healthy environment for minimum-security residents to apply themselves to the task of rehabilitation and re-entry. This is accomplished by maintaining proper custody, work, education, and treatment programs, encouraging residents to make the needed changes to be successful in the community. MRCC provides a safe and secure environment for both staff and residents and provides an environment which affords the opportunity to seek treatment, education, employment, medical, and wellness activities, which allows the residents to improve their self-esteem, life skills, and remain active. Due to the small amount of time remaining on an resident's sentence when they arrive to the MRCC, release planning, re-entry skill development, and treatment are facilitated effectively and efficiently.


Upon arrival to the MRCC a unit Correctional Case Manager and the resident will complete an initial interview and orientation. The resident will then be assigned a specific staff member to work with on an individual basis. The staff member and resident will have a personal contact and discuss re-entry skills at minimum monthly (30 days). Residents are instructed to comply with staff recommendations as a failure to do so may affect housing, parole, employment status, and custody levels.


All calls are subject to staff monitoring with the exception of legal calls. Residents may place local and long distance telephone calls during recreation hours. All resident telephone calls shall be collect calls made at the expense of the resident 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 forwarded to the Deputy Warden a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the call. Calls will only be approved for serious illness, death, or arranging for transportation at discharge.


Rules and regulations pertaining to property issues are strictly enforced and follow the property guidelines within the DOCR 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. All items not allowed through normal institutional channels will be considered contraband and confiscated.


All residents housed at the Missouri River Correctional Center are expected to work or be enrolled in full time school during their incarceration. Residents and staff attempt to target employment opportunities that are in the best interest of the resident and the facility. Facility jobs for residents 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.


Work or education release is a privilege granted to some residents of the MRCC. Work release gives the resident the opportunity to earn money and learn skills for a successful transition into the community. Work release may only be attained when housed at the MRCC. Residents must meet all eligibility criteria to apply, which includes attaining community status eligibility. Applications will be accepted when the resident is within six (6) months of their release or Parole Board review date. Applicants, at a minimum, must have served at least four (4) months of their sentence.


At 90 days prior to discharge it is the resident's responsibility to notify the Unit Management staff regarding status of transportation needs upon discharge. If the bus ticket request criteria is met; the resident shall forward a request slip to the assigned Unit management staff member to secure a bus ticket. Residents are encouraged to save money during their incarceration to pay for discharge transportation.


Treatment programs offered at the MRCC include CA-BISA, Thinking for Change, Alternative to Violence, Conflict Resolution as well as individual counseling. If recommended for treatment programming, the resident's 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 Division of Transitional Facilities contracts with several private and government community based residential re-entry centers. As of July 2016, current housing contracts include:

Bismarck Transition Center, Bismarck, ND
Centre Inc. Fargo, ND
Centre Inc. Grand Forks, ND
Centre Inc. Mandan, ND
Lake Region Residential Re-Entry Center Devils Lake, ND


The Division of Transitional Facilities audits and monitors housing contracts through it's office of Contract Administrator. Contracted facilities are required to comply with contractual requirements which includes the adaptation of DOCR approved treatment programs.

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