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Bismarck, ND 58501

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JRCC: Housing Units

Special Assistance Unit

Address 2521 Circle Drive Jamestown, ND 58401  
Phone and fax Phone: (701) 253-3660
Fax: (701) 253-3735

Special Assistance Unit (SAU)


The Special Assistance Unit (SAU) provides services to inmates whose unique needs or mental health problems lead to disruptive or otherwise problematic behavior serious enough to endanger safety and security of the inmate, prison population, and staff. Through combined Correctional, Mental Health, and Allied Services, the Unit seeks to maximize an inmate’s potential to adapt to prison life, utilize rehabilitation opportunities, and enhance chances for successful community placement. The Unit also provides long term placement for inmates chronically unable to function in the general prison environment without excessive risk to self or others.

  1. Location.
    • This is a high security unit located at JRCC which provides a combination of psychological, social work, allied services, and correctional services to selected inmates.
  2. Bed Capacity and Type.
    • The Crisis Unit has 9 cells, The Stabilization unit has 6 cells and The Transition Unit has 11 cells, 2 cells used for Observation.
  3. Staffing and Organization

The SAU is organized as a standard unit within the North Dakota Prisons Division. It is an independent unit that combines Correctional Staff, Mental Health professionals, and Allied Services. The Unit Director is directly responsible to the Warden, JRCC. A consultative, collaborative relationship is maintained with the Treatment Department NDSP. Two licensed social workers are administratively and clinically under the supervision of the Unit Director. RNs provide direct nursing services, consultation to the Unit Director, and Nursing consultation and participation in all team activities. The Director of Medical Services provides supervision for the nursing staff. A Unit Administrative Assistant is assigned to the Unit Director with supervision provided by the JRCC Administrative Officer. The Case Manager is responsible for implementing and monitoring the operation of the Unit to include supervision of the correctional staff. The Case Manager is functionally responsible to the Unit Director with supervision provided by the Unit Manager. A correctional Case Worker provides team leadership for each security shift. Allied Services to include medical, educational, and activities are provided through contract or indigenous resources that are independent of the SAU. The Chief of Security is responsible for officer post orders and maintaining adequate security procedures.

The Correctional Officers provide the online security for the Unit and participate in therapeutic planning, monitoring, evaluation and the carrying out of Unit activities and behavioral plans. SAU Officers are expected to interact with the inmates to promote and role model appropriate social interaction. This includes encouraging inmates to interact and participate in programming.

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