James River Correctional Center

James River Correctional Center is a medium-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Jamestown, North Dakota. This facility can hold a maximum of 365 inmates. The James River Correctional Center was opened in 1998 on the grounds of the State Hospital in Jamestown.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, all visitation is currently suspended.

Regular Visiting Hours are:

Cancelled Until Further Notice

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cancelled Until Further Notice

6:30pm to 8:30pm – Adults Only

6:30pm to 8:30pm

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. is adults only
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

*Residents with the last name starting A through L will be allowed to visit on Saturdays. Those with a last name starting with M through Z will be allowed to visit on Sundays.

**HOLIDAYS: (New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day)

Visiting Applications

During the orientation program, the resident may send out visiting applications to those visitors he wishes to be placed on his list. Once the visiting applications have been received at the institution and approved by the Visiting Control Officer (usually within two weeks), the inmate may receive visits from anyone on the approved visiting list.

All visitors must complete a visiting application and be pre-approved and placed on the inmates visiting list prior to visiting. All visitors are subject to search upon entering the facility

Visiting Regulations and Procedures

Official photo identification will be required for all persons entering the facility except for those under 16 years of age who are supervised by a parent or guardian. Failure to produce ID will be grounds to deny admittance.

All visitors' names are checked with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, North Dakota Field Services Department, and local law enforcement authorities. Anyone with pending charges will not be allowed to visit until the charge is disposed of through the court. Anyone on parole or probation will not be allowed to visit until they have been off parole or probation for a period of one year. An exception may be made for immediate family members to visit in the secured visiting area. 

Any individual entering the facilities, or their grounds, may be subject to search at any time for contraband articles. This also applies to their personal property. Contraband is any item not specifically authorized by policy. 

No property or other items will be allowed past the first gate unless approved by security staff. Visitors are only allowed to take their vehicle keys (not a full ring of keys), identification, and money to spend on food items in the visiting room. Lockers are provided in the lobby to secure those items not allowed.

If a resident is found in possession of contraband upon completion of a visit, or if a visitor declines to be searched, the visitor(s) may be banned pending investigation by the institution.

Once you arrive at the facility for a visit, you will be asked to complete a visiting card. The card will be processed, and you will be directed to the visiting area. The Visiting Room Officer will direct you to a seating area. Visits less than one hour will be counted as one hour.

Dress Code

Visitors are to be dressed in proper clothing. Proper clothing includes undergarments, shirts with sleeves, blouses, slacks, jeans, and shoes. Halter dresses, halter-tops, and shorts or skirts shorter than two inches above the knees, crop or half shirts, and shirts that expose the mid-section are not permitted. 

Physical Address

James River Correctional Center
2521 Circle Drive
Jamestown, ND 58401

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/uhvcbprPSZQxeVy27

General Phone Number

​(701) 253-3660

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
James River Correctional Center
2521 Circle Drive
Jamestown, ND 58401

JPay provides internet tools so friends and family can easily and instantly purchase stamps and send electronic mail to a resident at James River Correctional Center. Click here for JPay.com and send a letter now.

Your email will be promptly printed in the mail rooms and distributed along with the day’s regular mail. Electronic mail is the fast, safe, and easy way to correspond with your loved one.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at James River Correctional Center do have access to phones, but they can’t receive incoming calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in North Dakota, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to your inmate at James River Correctional Center through JPay or MoneyGram.

You can send money with your credit or debit card online by using JPay.com or the JPay mobile app from the Apple App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Android phones).

You can also send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live JPay call center agent 24/7.

Send cash at any MoneyGram location by using the receive code 1304.

Money Orders
When sending money orders to Jpay, please use the Money Order Deposit Form (Spanish). All of the boxes need to be filled out completely and correctly. If not, the money order will be returned to you.  

Send money orders payable to Jpay — with a deposit form — to the following address:
PO Box 822700
Pembroke Pines, FL 33082

Programs For Inmates

Educational opportunities for inmates at James River Correctional Center include adult basic education and GED classes.  Inmates can also take classes in interviewing skills, resume writing, financial management, and college correspondence courses.

Inmates at James River Correctional Center have their own caseworker, and they have access to addiction counselors, psychologists, and medical services.

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Careers at James River Correctional Center

If you are interested in a career with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation — and would like to apply for a job at the James River Correctional Center — you can find out more information by clicking here.