Volunteers serve a critical role in our correctional facilities. Volunteers serve as role models for work ethic, behavior, and effective interpersonal skills. As a volunteer, YOU are influencing lifestyle changes and offering a very important link to the community. Volunteers who offer their time, talents, and professional expertise are crucial to the Department's ability to achieve its mission of transforming lives, influencing change, strengthening community.
North Dakota State Penitentiary
James River Correctional Center
Why should I volunteer?
The fact is, the majority of the individuals that are incarcerated in North Dakota will become our future neighbors. The ND DOCR relies on volunteers from our communities to be that link between incarceration and their release back to the community. Through an investment from the community and its members, they can become successful and productive citizens.
YOU can make a huge and positive difference in their lives.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers serve a critical role in our correctional facilities. The ND DOCR works with volunteers from multiple educational, cultural, and religious groups.
We have volunteers who facilitate recovery programs, provide religious services, or teach art classes, college courses, and yoga.
Volunteers serve as role models for work ethic, behavior, and effective interpersonal skills.
As a volunteer, YOU are influencing lifestyle changes and offering a very important link to the community. This allows residents the ability to connect or stay connected to resources in the community upon their release.
Who's eligible to volunteer?
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- Not on any resident’s visiting list
- Not under the supervision of any local, county, state, or federal corrections agency, or under felony indictment
- Willing to undergo a criminal history check
- Provide valid, government-issued photo identification
- Do not have a current or prior relationship with a ND DOCR incarcerated individual or the family of an individual who is incarcerated with the ND DOCR
- Agree to volunteer without compensation
- Willing to complete any training requirements
- You must agree in writing to abide by all DOCR policies and procedures related to confidentiality and security practices
- Being previously incarcerated is subject to approval by a Warden or the Director of the DOCR
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please take a moment to review our Volunteer Handbook and complete the Criminal Record Check. Once you have completed the paperwork you can return it by emailing the completed forms to your volunteer contact or mailing the completed forms or dropping it off at the front desk of the facility where you will be volunteering.