Bismarck Transition Center

Administrator Kevin Arthaud
Address 2001 Lee Ave Bismarck, ND   58504
Phone and fax Phone:(701) 222-3440 Fax: (701) 222-3599
Visiting Hours Sat/Sun 1pm to 4pm
Number of beds 162: 6 female and 156 male
Security level Minimum
Website Address:


Mission Statement:

Bismarck Transition Center is a professional team of individuals who promote public safety, preserve the rights of victims, fulfill the mandates of the criminal justice system, and address the individual needs of adults.

Program Objectives:

  • Correctional programming and treatment staff have established the following objectives to enable BTC to best achieve program goals:
  • Provide residents with a primary counselor responsible for development and constant assessment of an individualized treatment and correctional programming plan;
  • Provide designated residents with at least 8 hours of group therapy weekly;
  • Provide residents with a t least 1 hour of individual counseling weekly;
  • Provide residents with continuing cognitive restructuring classes to supplement those they participated in while incarcerated at North Dakota State Prison (NDSP);
  • Provide access to self support groups meetings weekly:
  • Provide a balance of other programming-anger management, parenting, women-specific programming, native American and culturally-sensitive groups-so as to best meet the unique needs of each resident;
  • Provide residents the opportunity to practice their spirituality and religion of choice;
  • Provide aftercare services to those residents designated as needing low intensive services;
  • Provide residents with at least 2 hours of recreation per day;
  • Provide opportunities for family involvement in treatment and correctional programming that includes weekly visitation; and
  • Provide opportunities for full-time employment and referrals.

Program staff reviews the effectiveness of correctional programming and treatment services through a process of continual quality assurance and total quality management. Feedback is gathered from residents, Administration and Program Staff.