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Effective June 1, 2021, personal mail will no longer be accepted by the North Dakota Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation at any of its facilities.

All personal mail must be addressed in the following manner:

Image showing what information needs to be on envelope.

 

  • A return name and address must be placed on the envelope, failure to properly address the envelope will result in the mail being returned to the sender.
  • Once the mail is received at the Securus Digital Mail Center, it will be digitally scanned and made available on the resident’s player.
  • Pictures, drawings, etc. will be accepted for scanning and made available on the resident’s player. Any person sending personal mail that wishes to have it returned to them, must include a self-address, stamped envelope with the original mail.

 

Facilities will continue to accept:

  • Legal Mail
  • Mail from other agencies (e.g., Child Support)
  • Visitation Applications
  • Certified Mail
    • No personal correspondence will be accepted by certified mail. Some documents will be accepted to include identification for the resident’s release and legal documents needing a resident’s signature. 
  • Publications
    • Sent in directly from a publisher, distributor, or authorized retailer.

 

Facility Addresses:

   

Residents at NDSP and MRCC should use this address:

                   Resident Name and Number

                   North Dakota State Penitentiary
                   P.O. Box 5521
                   Bismarck ND 58506-5521
                     

 

Residents at JRCC and JRMU should use this address:

         Resident Name and Number

         James River Correctional Center
         2521 Circle Drive                                                                    
         Jamestown ND 58401

        
Residents at HRCC should use this address:

Resident Name and Number
         Heart River Correctional Center
         701 16th Avenue Southwest
         Mandan, ND 58554

 

Commonly Rejected Mail Items:

  • Too many pictures:
    • The maximum amount of pictures allowed in an envelope is 30; the sender may send in more than one envelope in a day with the maximum amount of pictures.
  • Too many pages:
    • The maximum amount of non-personal correspondence pages allowed is 10 per envelope; the sender may send in more than one envelope in a day with the maximum amount of pages.
  • Third Party Mail:
    • Any mail coming from a different individual than who is on the return address will be rejected. This does not include children or individuals living at the same address who add a letter into the envelope.

 

Rejections:

  • When an item is rejected, the resident will receive a rejection notice. They have seven days after receiving the rejection notice to appeal. If they chose not to appeal the rejection, nuisance contraband must be returned to the sender at the resident's expense or disposed of at the resident's instruction.

 

Email:

  • JPay makes it easier for you when a friend or loved one is a resident. JPay provides internet tools so friends and family can easily and instantly purchase stamps and send electronic mail to a resident. Visit JPay to send a letter. 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.