Dawson County Correctional Facility

Dawson County Correctional Facility is a mixed-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Glendive, Montana. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Department manages and operates the Dawson County Regional Prison. 

Many of the privileges available to an inmate of this facility are directly linked to the disciplinary program. Privileges such as telephone access, visitation, contact visitation, etc. may be temporarily suspended due to an inmate’s conduct within the facility.

All new inmates receive a copy of the Inmate Handbook containing the rules and regulations of the facility. Families, friends, etc. that plan to visit someone in the facility are encouraged to discuss applicable rules with the inmate early on.

The Dawson County Regional Prison normally detains Dawson County residences. Most of the inmates at the Dawson County Regional Prison serve no more than a two-year sentence. The law agencies in and around Dawson County that work closely with the Dawson County Regional Prison are the police department, sheriff’s department, U.S Marshals as well as other law enforcement agencies. 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Dawson County Regional Prison allows family and friends contact and non-contact visits. All visits have to be scheduled. You can schedule your visit here. For each calendar week, inmates are allowed three 50-minute visits.

The visiting hours at Dawson County Correctional Facility are as follows:

  • Non-contact Visits through glass are on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:30am-11:30am and 1:30pm-4:30pm.
  • Contact Visits are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:30am-11:30am and 1:30pm-4:30pm.
  • County Inmate visits are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. 

Visits are permitted only on designated visiting days, and at assigned times. At no time are minors allowed visitation unless accompanied by an adult.

If you have questions about visiting an inmate at Dawson County Correctional Facility, you can contact the visitation officer at 406-377-1652.

Inmates are allowed no more than two contact visits per month with up to five people per visit. Photo identification containing age verification is required of all visitors.

Approval of Visitors

Upon admission, inmates are provided with visitor questionnaires and rules that they can mail to prospective visitors. Additional questionnaires are available in the housing units.

To be approved for visiting, a prospective visitor must complete the questionnaire completely and accurately. Separate questionnaires must be submitted by everyone over the age of 18. 

Individuals must be approved at least 72 hours prior to their planned visit at Dawson County Correctional Facility. Approval is based upon a criminal background check. Based on this information, visitors will be approved or disapproved.

Visitor Searches

All visitors will be asked if they possess weapons, narcotics, alcohol, or tobacco products. All visitors entering the facility are subject to search via a walk-through metal detection device, hand-held metal detectors, and pat searches. 

All items carried by persons are subject to search by entrance staff. Contraband will be confiscated, local law enforcement may be immediately called, and the visit may be denied.

Allowed Items

Visitors are asked to leave all personal items outside the facility with the exception of the following:

  • One small handkerchief (white in color only)
  • Jewelry including: One ring, One pair earrings, One necklace, One wristwatch or bracelet, One small pocket comb no longer than five inches
  • Baby items allowed include: One clear, plastic bottle per baby (Breastfeeding is not allowed during visits), One factory-sealed jar of baby food (spoons will be provided), Four diapers, One blanket, not quilted — no larger than three feet by three feet
  • No baby carriers or diaper bags

Make sure to remember to keep all your personal belongings in your car. Personal belongings are not allowed in the visitation area.

Dress Code

The following clothing items are prohibited in the visiting room at Dawson County Correctional Facility:

  • Tank tops or spandex tops 
  • Sleeveless Tops 
  • Jackets, coats, hoodies, shawls, ponchos, or down-filled vests 
  • Camouflage or see through clothing
  • Leggings, yoga, spandex, sweats, wind pants or bib overalls 
  • Shorts of any kind
  • Dresses or skirts above the knee or with slits above the knee 
  • Wrap dresses or dresses that snap up the front, side or back 
  • Ball caps, hats, or headscarves
  • Sandals, flip flops, open-toe shoes, or steel toe boots 

Physical Address

Dawson County Correctional Facility
440 Colorado Blvd
Glendive, MT 59330

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/2biQKz1o4oD1w7dy8

General Phone Number

​​(406) 377-7600

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number, and Housing Unit
Dawson County Correctional Facility
440 Colorado Blvd
Glendive, MT 59330

Dawson County Regional Prison inmates can get books, magazines, and newspapers sent to them in the mail. However, the books, magazines, and newspapers are required to be sent directly from the bookstore or publisher to the Dawson County Regional Prison. 

All books being sent to inmates must be new and paperback. All used and hardcover books are not allowed. If a used or hardcover book is sent, it will be sent directly back to the sender. 

How to Call an Inmate

All housing units at the Dawson County Correctional Facility are equipped with telephones, but the inmates can’t receive incoming calls. However, they do have access to phones during daytime hours and can make outgoing calls, which are typically made collect or through a prepaid account.

At no time are incoming calls accepted for inmates, nor are messages taken. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Montana, please click here.

How to Send Money

To send money to an inmate, you must be approved to be on that inmate’s visiting list.

Inmates may receive funds from:

  • their attorney
  • immediate family members listed on their approved visiting list
  • one approved, non-family member authorized by the warden or his or her designee. Inmates may request that the non-family member be changed to another approved non-family member, but this can only occur once every six months.


Approved individuals may place money in the inmate’s trust account through the online Inmate Trust Account Deposits service at https://app.mt.gov/inmatebanking/. There is a $250 limit for transactions. 

Instructions on how to use the system are available online. To create an account, you will need the last four digits of your Social Security number.

There is a three-day holding period before funds are available to the inmate. Your receipt shows the date the funds will be available.

Money Order

Approved individuals may mail money to an inmate in the form of a cashier’s check or a U.S. Postal money order. Personal checks are not accepted and are returned to the sender.

The cashier’s check or money order must include:

  • the inmate’s full name and DOC number
  • the sender’s full name and address

In addition:

  • Funds must be received within 20 days of the date of purchase.
  • The envelope containing the cashier’s check or money order must be postmarked from the immediate area in which the approved sender’s listed residence is located.
  • If the sender cancels a money order after it has been received at MSP, staff notify Postal Service authorities.

Mailroom staff stamps the inside of the envelopes with the amount sent and forwards the mail to the inmates, so they know how much money was deposited in their trust accounts.

Programs For Inmates

The Dawson County Regional Prison discontinued the work crew programs and work education release. As a matter of fact, the whole Jail's Community Corrections Division has been completely removed as well.

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