Missouri River Correctional Center

Missouri River Correctional Center is a 13 dorm, 191-bed minimum-custody prison for male inmates that is located south of Bismarck, North Dakota, along the Missouri River. The current facility opened in December, 1992.

The mission of Missouri River Correctional Center is to provide a safe environment to learn and practice skills necessary to be successful in the community.

Most of the inmates housed in this facility are nearing the end of their sentence and are preparing for release. This prison has a heavy focus on providing inmates with reentry skills through education, treatment, and programming.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

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

Normal visiting hours are:

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If a designated holiday falls on a Friday, the evening visitation time is cancelled and replaced by the 8:00 am – 3:00 pm timeframe.

2020 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day, 1/1/2020

No Visiting

Martin Luther King Day, 1/21/2020

No Visiting

President's Day, 2/18/2020

No Visiting

Good Friday, 4/10/2020

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Memorial Day, 5/25/2020

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Independence Day, 7/4/2020

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Labor Day, 9/7/2020

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Veteran's Day, 11/11/2020

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving. 11 /26/2020

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Christmas, 12/25/2020

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Visiting Applications

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 Missouri River Correctional Center.

It can take seven to 14 days to process the applications. Once applications are processed, it is the resident's responsibility to notify their visitors of the status of the applications. Due to security concerns, application approvals and denials will not be shared over the phone.

You can submit your visitation application one of two ways; mailing it in or faxing it.

You can mail it to:
Resident Name and DOCR Number
Missouri River Correctional Center
PO Box 5521
Bismarck, ND 58506-5521


Fax it to 701-328-6640

Visiting Regulations

All visitors must have their photo ID on them when entering the facility, except for those under 16 years of age. Failure to produce an ID will be grounds to deny admittance. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. 

Visitor's will be permitted to bring in their car keys and up to $10, in one dollar bills and quarters only, to use the vending machines located in the visiting room. All money must be in a clear plastic bag for processing. 

Visitors are responsible for providing their own plastic bag.

Visitors with small or infant children will be allowed to bring in a pacifier, a total of two diapers, two baby bottles, one small jar of baby food (sealed), one Ziploc bag of baby wipes, and one small baby blanket. Any formula brought in must be pre-mixed into liquid form. Formula in powder form will not be allowed into the facility.

No other items will be allowed in and must be locked in a vehicle.

Visitors must inform the visiting room officer before they exit the visiting room for any reason. Visitors are permitted to leave one time during holiday or weekend visiting (i.e., to eat) and will not be allowed back in for a minimum of one hour.

Dress Code

The visiting room is a family experience, so there are rules governing the type and amount of physical contact allowed during the visit. Visitors are expected to familiarize themselves with these rules at the first visit, and adhere to them to avoid future problems while in the visiting room.

Visitor clothing standards include:

  1. No obscene language, gang references, drug and alcohol references, or other objectionable messages on clothing.

  2. Visitors are not to wear any garment which unduly exposes the chest, shoulders, back, stomach, midriff/ underarm, sweatpants or pajamas. Necklines must be within two inches of the notch of the neck.

  3. Clothing designed or intended to be tightly worn to excessively accent the body, e.g. spandex, tights, yoga pants, tank tops, etc. is not allowed.

  4. Shorts shall not be worn if more than two inches above the kneecap when standing. Dresses and skirts shall not be less than mid-calf in length. Slit dresses/skirts shall be allowed only if the slit is not more than two inches above the kneecap while standing.

  5. Clothing made of sheer, transparent, net/mesh materials, with metallic ornamentation or any decoration not directly related to the functionality of the clothing is not allowed.

  6. Pants are not to have holes in them.

  7. Appropriate undergarments are required but should not be visible.

  8. Closed toed shoes are required.

  9. Visitors are not to wear hats, gloves, scarves, or outer garments, such as topcoats, raincoats, jackets, and similar inclement weather attire in the visiting area.

  10. No jewelry — including no watch — is allowed with the exception of one ring and a pair of studded earrings.

In situations where a visitor is found to be in non-compliance with the visitor clothing standard the visitor will not be allowed access to the facility. The visitor will be given the choice to leave and change to be in compliance with the visitor clothing standards or wear green smocks as directed by the visiting room officer.

Physical Address

Missouri River Correctional Center
1800 48th Avenue S.W.
Bismarck, ND 58506

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/vRRNSEqtAMN3CB716

General Phone Number

​(701) 328-9696

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Missouri River Correctional Center
P.O. Box 5521
Bismarck, ND 58506

JPay provides internet tools so friends and family can easily and instantly purchase stamps and send electronic mail to a resident at Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri 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

A variety of program services are provided to residents housed at the MRCC. The services provided include treatment, education, employment, medical, religious, personal wellness, and work release

Free Through Recovery

Free Through Recovery is a community-based behavioral health program designed to increase recovery support services to individuals involved with the criminal justice system who have behavioral health concerns. 

Free Through Recovery participants will work with local providers to receive:

  • Care Coordination: Includes an ongoing source of connection, helping participants access treatment and recovery support services, and creatively addressing barriers to individual success. It also includes the provision of assessment, care planning, referrals, and monitoring collaboration with clinical services and probation and parole.
  • Recovery Services: Includes access to supportive housing, educational opportunities, meaningful employment, leisure activities and wellness, family and community social support, parenting education, spiritual engagement, nourishment assistance programs, and any other individualized resources needed to help participants lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
  • Peer Support: Connection with a peer who has similar lived experience.  Peer support specialists  provide mentorship, advocacy, and additional recovery support. 

The mission of Free Through Recovery is to improve healthcare outcomes and reduce recidivism by delivering high-quality community behavioral health services linked with community supervision.

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Careers at Missouri 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 Missouri River Correctional Center — you can find out more information about available jobs by clicking here.