North Dakota State Penitentiary



North Dakota State Penitentiary

North Dakota State Penitentiary

Located in Bismarck, North Dakota State Penitentiary is a maximum security prison that houses 1,550 inmates.  The facility is comprised of seven units; the North unit, East unit, West unit, South Unit, Segregation unit, Overflow unit, and the Treatment unit.  Each unit houses a certain type of offender and is specialized to attend to the specific needs of the inmate.  The North unit is where orientation and reception inmates are first housed.  During the orientation and intake process the facility will assess and test the inmates mental ability, mental health, physical and medical needs, and evaluate any treatment programs the inmate may require.  Most inmates in the North and South units are housed in double bunked cells.

Inmates housed at North Dakota State Penitentiary can receive alcohol and substance abuse treatment during their incarceration.  Offenders may also participate in group therapies, anger management courses and programs designed to change behavioral patterns.  Vocational training and educational programs are also available at North Dakota State Penitentiary.

Visiting Hours at North Dakota State Penitentiary:

Anyone who wants to visit an inmate located at North Dakota State Penitentiary must first fill out a visitors application and be approved prior to attending a visitation session.  Visitation occurs as follows:

  • Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm
  • ​Wednesdays 6pm-8pm
  • Thursdays Orientation inmates only from 6pm-8pm (Adults only)
  • Fridays from 6pm-8pm
  • Saturdays Orientation inmates from 9am-11:30am (Adults only)
  • Saturdays from 12:30pm-2pm (secured visiting)
  • Sundays from 9am-4:30pm, and 12:30pm-2pm (Secured visiting)

Physical Address:

North Dakota State Penitentiary
3100 Railroad Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501



Inmate Mailing Address:

Inmate Name, ID Number
​North Dakota State Penitentiary
PO Box 5521
Bismarck, ND 58506-5521