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Bismarck, ND 58501

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NDSP: Housing Units

North Unit

Address North Dakota State Penitentiary
3100 Railroad Avenue
PO Box 5521
Bismarck, ND 58506-5521
Phone and fax Phone 701-328-6212
Fax 701-328-6640

The North Unit is a specialized housing area, within the physical plant of the North Dakota State Penitentiary, designed to provide safe and secure housing for male inmates. It is the mission of the North Unit to provide a concise orientation program for all new arrivals of the institution, which provides the necessary information, testing, and evaluations to provide the inmate with the tools to access the appropriate programs for rehabilitation.

The North Unit is located on the main floor of the administration building on the north end of the complex and directly south of the Treatment Unit. The unit has a capacity of 69 inmates.

  • Dayroom A has a capacity of 51 inmates and contains an ADA approved four-bed unit and three single cells.
  • Dayroom B has a capacity of 14 inmates including 1 ADA cell and 1 single cell for one of the North Unit permanent workers.
  • Dayroom C has two DD cells.
  • Dayroom D has 2 DD cells.

The North Unit consists of two floors comprised of two dayrooms, 2-2 cell detention units, kitchen/dining area, classrooms, laundry room, recreation yard, gymnasium, and staff office space. Each cell is equipped with a porcelain or stainless toilet, a vanity with sink, counter top space and storage, metal framed bed, flame retardant mattress/pillow, a combination closet with a storage area, an outside window, a chair, a writing desk, and a sick call switch, which can be used in case of medical emergencies. Cell fronts are a solid door equipped with a window. The North Unit is a specialized housing unit designated for the orientation of newly committed inmates to the Prisons Division by providing a high level of program training, testing, and evaluation. All inmates housed in this unit prior to classification will be considered maximum custody regardless of crime or sentence.

Inmates may retain authorized Personal Property – Personal property such as those listed below.

  • Legal documents
  • Family pictures (not to exceed 10)
  • Prescription glasses or 1 pr contacts w/case.
  • Dentures
  • Address book, list of addresses of friends and correspondence
  • 1-Ring (Wedding band only)
  • Watch
  • Religious necklace (with Chaplin’s approval if questions)
  • Educational supplies (limited amount)
  • Religious materials
  • Materials authorized in writing by the Case Manager and/or shift supervisor
  • Drivers License/ID and SS card. Please allow them to bring them.

Funds – Inmates shall be allowed to retain in their account any monies they bring into the Institution. A receipt will be given after the money has been counted in the presence of the inmate. The inmate and staff shall sign the receipt.

If an inmate is scheduled to attend classes and his visitor should show up to visit, he will not be allowed to visit. He will attend classes as scheduled. It is his responsibility to let you know. He will be able to visit in the evenings on scheduled days and times. Once classes are completed he will be allowed to visit at regular visiting times.

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