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How Are Inmate Records in North Dakota Created and Stored?

In North Dakota, inmate records begin when someone is arrested. The arresting officer fills out a RAP sheet which contains the suspect's name, address, physical description, and crime details. After that, as the individual moves through the justice system from jail, a hearing, trial, and then to prison, his or her inmate records are updated daily with everything that takes place. The North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation department is the agency in charge of inmate records. They keep them online and searchable in a massive database so all forms of law enforcement and the public can search for an inmate within the system.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in North Dakota?

North Dakota makes it very easy to find someone located in prison. The process for finding an inmate in jail is different, however. The North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation department keeps all inmate records in a consolidated database. They offer an inmate locator right on their website, making it easy to look up a North Dakota inmate. To find someone incarcerated in North Dakota, follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation website .
  2. Click on "Family and Friends" from the top menu.
  3. Choose "Resident Lookup."
  4. Enter the person's last name and hit the "Submit" button.
  5. Review the results which display in a list containing, the offender's ID, name, and date of birth.
  6. Click on any item in each row to see further details about the inmate.
  7. The additional information will show the facility where they are located and a contact phone number.

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What Does North Dakota’s Prison System Look Like?

The North Dakota prison system consists of a few different types of facilities and programs to promote the best possible outcomes for rehabilitation with corrections for the state. Each facility and program has a specific focus and demographics. The North Dakota prison system consists of the following:

  • 4 State Prisons
  • 1 Juvenile Detention Center
  • 0 Federal Prisons
  • 53 County jails
  • 3 Transitional Facilities

Did you Know?

  • 88% of prison inmates in North Dakota are male, 12% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in North Dakota increased by 410 percent (from $22,028,636 to $112,391,000).
  • As of 2016, there were 213 women in North Dakota federal prisons.
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the North Dakota prison population increased by 26%

Types of Jails/Prisons in North Dakota

First, North Dakota uses four state prisons for the confinement and rehabilitation of inmates in the state. Three house all males and one is for female offenders only. The state has one juvenile detention center to house youth offenders under the age of 18. North Dakota also has three transitional facilities designed to help inmates before they are released. These centers help with job placement, housing, and other social reintegration skills. North Dakota does not have any federal prisons, but they do have 53 county jails, one in each of the counties.

How Many People are Locked up in North Dakota?

North Dakota’s prison system holds 1,791 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 1,503 residents are held in state prisons, 10 in federal prisons, and 18 in local jails.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Federal Prisons10
State Prisons1,503
Local Jails18
Private Prisons260

North Dakota State Prisons

North Dakota has four state prisons that they use to confine felons who have broken state laws. Three of the facilities house all men and one is for women only. The four state prisons in North Dakota include:

  • North Dakota State Penitentiary.
  • James River Correctional Center.
  • Missouri River Correctional Center.
  • Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center.

How to Search for State Prison Inmates

The process for finding a prison inmate in a North Dakota state prison is quite easy. The North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation agency keeps all inmate records online and searchable. Therefore, anyone wanting to locate a North Dakota state prison inmate should follow these instructions below:

  1. Visit the North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation website .
  2. Click on "Family and Friends" from the top menu.
  3. Choose "Resident Lookup."
  4. Enter the person's last name and hit the "Submit" button.
  5. Review the results which display in a list containing, the offender's ID, name, and date of birth.
  6. Click on any item in each row to see further details about the inmate.
  7. The additional information will show the facility where they are located and a contact phone number.

North Dakota County Jails

The state of North Dakota has 53 counties, and each has a Sheriff's Office which maintains a county jail (sometimes called a detention center). These facilities hold recently arrested suspects and pretrial detainees. Many of the county Sheriff's Offices have their own websites with information on how the jails work and how to contact them.

North Dakota's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total551069123718
Male54998103513
Female171225

How to Perform a North Dakota Jail Inmate Search

The process for finding an inmate in a North Dakota jail is different than state prison. Since jail inmate records are not tied in with the North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation records someone wanting to locate a person in the jail system would have to contact the local Sheriff's Office directly. Some of the local law enforcement agencies have websites of their own with an inmate search or list of current jail residents.

North Dakota Juvenile Detention Centers

North Dakota has a single juvenile detention center to house youth offenders. It is called the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center. The facility is run by the North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Services and Director, Lisa Bjergaard. Additionally, they have eight community corrections services offices throughout the state to offer youth offenders additional support before and after confinement.

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

Juvenile records are typically not available online. They are kept private by state agencies until the inmate reaches adulthood. Then that person has the right to apply for expungement. However, family, friends and other interested parties may contact the North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Services directly to inquire about a specific inmate or to get information on visitation, sending money and gifts and phone calls.

North Dakota Transitional Facilities

North Dakota also has three transitional facilities that help inmates get back on track before being released back into society. These programs focus on education, treatment options for mental illness and addictions, help with job placement, and assistance with other social skills. The three transitional facilities in North Dakota are:

  • Bismarck Transition Center.
  • Centre Inc.
  • Tompkins Rehabilitation Center.

How to Search for an Inmate in a North Dakota Transitional Facility

Because the North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation department keeps all inmate records together, the process for finding a North Dakota inmate in a transitional facility is the same as with state prison. Just follow these easy directions below:

  1. Visit the North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation website .
  2. Click on "Family and Friends" from the top menu.
  3. Choose "Resident Lookup."
  4. Enter the person's last name and hit the "Submit" button.
  5. Review the results which display in a list containing, the offender's ID, name, and date of birth.
  6. Click on any item in each row to see further details about the inmate.
  7. The additional information will show the facility where they are located and a contact phone number.

Why are People Incarcerated in North Dakota?

Only about 4,500 people are incarcerated in North Dakota. Of that total, 1,700 are in state prison, 1,400 are in local jails, 1,000 are in federal prisons in other states, 140 are in juvenile detention, 50 are confined to mental wards, and 200 are in Indian Country facilities. Most of the inmates in North Dakota prisons are there due to drug and alcohol convictions. Another large number of them are there for property damage and public order offenses. About 366 are in prison due to violent crimes, and 76 are sex offenders.

North Dakota’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

North Dakota’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 234, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 48%. The number of North Dakota prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 1,791, from which 12% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 1,578 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total206213206214235234226
Male363372362369406403391
Female43494251565753

Where Do North Dakota Inmates Go When They are Released?

North Dakota employs three transitional facilities that house inmates before they are released. These programs help reintegrate offenders back into society before they are released from prison. They focus on areas of education, family relationships, job placement, stable housing, and other social skills. Inmates who are not released through these facilities will simply return to family and friends.

How Does Parole Work in North Dakota?

The Governor appoints North Dakota's parole board members and they monitor each inmate's progress and conduct annual interviews. When an inmate has served a portion of their sentence and has stayed out of trouble, they may be released early on parole, if the parole board does not think they pose a danger to society. Parole comes with strict stipulations, and if the parolee violates any of these, they will go back to prison.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 804
Entries: 1,545
Exits: 1,375
Change in 2016: 26%

How Does Someone Get Probation in North Dakota?

North Dakota judges have the option of ordering probation rather than sending an offender to prison. When this happens, the offender is allowed to remain free but must comply with a list of court-ordered rules. One of these is to meet regularly with a parole officer. If they fail to comply with even one of the rules, they will immediately go to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 6,341
Entries: 4,591
Exits: 4,593
Change in 2016: 0%

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