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Prison Population Management Plan

The Sixty-fifth North Dakota Legislative Assembly mandated the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) develop a prison population management plan to prioritize admissions based on sentences and available space at the North Dakota State Penitentiary and its affiliated facilities, the James River Correctional Center and the Missouri River Correctional Center, and including the Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center. The DOCR’s maximum operational capacity for men and women is 1,624 and 224, respectively. The operational capacity consists of housing at the North Dakota State Penitentiary, James River Correctional Center, Missouri River Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center, contractual treatment, transitional / community housing facilities, and contract beds in county and regional correctional facilities. When the average daily population, specific to gender, for a discrete month exceeds the maximum operational capacity, the DOCR will implement the admission prioritization plan the following month. Initially, dependent upon available bed space, admissions may be delayed up to seven days to allow for the compilation of the initial prioritized admission approval list. In order to keep affected parties informed on the incarcerated populations, beginning in October 2017 the DOCR will provide, via email, to sheriffs and correctional facility administrators the DOCR daily inmate population report. In addition, when the admission prioritization plan is in effect, admission approval lists will also be sent to sheriffs and correctional facility administrators on a weekly basis. This list will identify, by gender, the specific inmate(s) authorized for transport and admission to DOCR custody. Finally, N.D.C.C. § 12-44.1-07.1 requires every county correctional facility and regional corrections center to develop a population management plan. This requirement is also included in the Correctional Facility Standards, so communities are asked to work on a plan with law enforcement, the states’ attorneys, and the judiciary in each judicial district to develop the facility’s population management plan. The DOCR is available to provide technical assistance. The DOCR anticipates this plan and process will evolve and the DOCR encourages productive communication and ideas from the stakeholders.