***DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, IN-PERSON VISITATION HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. COMMUNICATION BY PHONE, TEXT, VIDEO CHAT, AND LETTERS IS PERMITTED AND ENCOURAGED.
Visitation is available everyday between 8am and 8pm, including weekends and holidays. There is no visitation during storm closures or when there is a No Travel Advisory in effect.
All visits will take place in the visitation booth and utilize the video visitation system on a first come, first serve basis. No ‘contact’ visits are allowed. Inmates are allowed one visitation session per day up to 30 minutes in length, but may be terminated by staff at any time for any reason. All parties must use the handset provided to communicate. Conversations may be monitored or recorded.
All visitors are subject to search. Visitors must show valid photo identification and check in with the jail staff prior to any visitation. Visits may be denied for any reason at any time.
Violation of visitation rules may result in immediate termination of the current visit and denial of future visitation.
Professional visitation (attorney, clergy, medical, etc.) will be permitted at reasonable hours, except during designated lockdown periods or facility emergencies. Professional visitation will take place in the jail library unless other arrangements have been made and approved by the Correctional Facility Administrator or Jail Supervisor. Only professional personnel will be permitted. Family members or other third-parties will not be permitted to visit during this time.
Inmates may receive mail through the United States Postal Service by addressing it to:
Inmate's Full Name
C/o Pembina County Sheriff's Office
308 Courthouse Dr #2
Cavalier, ND 58220
All letters, except for marked legal mail from an attorney's office, are subject to inspection prior to delivery to an inmate. Letters received after an inmate has been released or transferred will be returned to sender. If no return address is provided, the letter will be destroyed.
Money for inmates may be brought to the Pembina County Jail for use by inmates to purchase items from commissary. We can only accept cash for inmate commissary accounts (no checks, money orders, or debit/credit cards).
Personal items from outside the jail (including toiletries, clothing, books, games, etc.) are not permitted unless they are new in the original, unopened packaging, subject to the approval of the corrections staff. Contact corrections staff with questions on approved outside items.
ALL PERSONAL CALLS AND TEXT MESSAGES ARE RECORDED
We use the Reliance Telephone system for prisoner phone calls and texting. Phone cards may be purchased directly from Reliance and provided to an inmate if the inmate does not have enough commissary funds to purchase their own.
Inmates may also call collect if your phone line is set up to accept collect calls.
If you need to provide funds for phone cards or have other questions, you can learn how to use the system by calling Reliance Telephone at 800-896-3201 or by visiting their website: www.reliancetelephone.com/fandf
INMATE VOICEMAIL: Corrections staff are not allowed to pass phone messages to an inmate. If you wish to leave a voice message for an inmate, you may call the inmate voicemail line at 701-922-0538 (new number January 2020) and follow the prompts to direct your message to the appropriate inmate.
UNWANTED CALLS/TEXTS: If you receive an unwanted call/text from an inmate in our facility, follow the prompts on the call to block the number or contact the Pembina County Jail at 701-265-4122 and provide your name and phone number and it will be blocked from being contacted for the duration of the inmate's stay.
PRISON RAPE AND ELIMINATION ACT
What is PREA?
PREA stand for the Prison Rape Elimination Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on September 4, 2003. The final standards to implement PREA went into effect on August 20, 2012.
What is the purpose of PREA?
PREA is intended to address the detection, prevention, reduction and prosecution of sexual harassment and sexual assault in all correctional facilities in the country. It establishes a zero tolerance for sexual assault and harassment.
How to make a third-party report of sexual abuse or sexual harassment:
If you have knowledge of a sexual misconduct that has taken place with an inmate incarcerated at the Pembina County Correctional Facility, a report of the misconduct may be sent in writing or made by telephone to the Sheriff at the address/phone number listed below.
Inmates are encouraged to speak with officers, medical staff, case managers, volunteers, family members, friends or anyone who can assist them in reporting the sexual abuse or harassment. They can write memos, file grievances, or call Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center free of charge and on the inmate phone system.
Pembina County Sheriff Terry Meidinger
Pembina County Law Enforcement Center
308 Courthouse Drive #2
Cavalier, ND 58220