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North Dakota State Penitentiary Nears Completion


For more than three years the North Dakota State Penitentiary has been under construction.

In less than a month inmates will be moved into the new part, which will help relieve some pressure at the Prison.

Jon Berg takes you on a tour of the expansion at the State Pen.

<<"This is the waiting area for our clinic," Warden Robyn Schmalenberger said.

For three years staff and inmates have been waiting for construction at the North Dakota State Penitentiary to finish up.

"Staff members professionalism and correctional knowledge has been vital over the last three years of construction," Schmalenberger said.

Currently the State Pen is full, this expansion will add 250 beds.

"This project not only provides the space necessary to accommodate a larger inmate population it also provides technological upgrades that make the Penitentiary safer for inmates and staff," Schmalenberger said.

There will also be many medical improvements to the Prison.

A Dental room and a Physical Therapy Room are just a few of the improvements.

"Construction includes a larger orientation unit, a larger segregation unit, a new general housing unit, to replace existing units and a new clinic and infermary to provide medical care to the inmates," Schmalenberger said.

A Full-Time Dentist and Physician will be on hand inside the Prison, as well as 24-7 nursing coverage.

Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley toured the facility today, and says the Prison expansion fits the needs of our growing state.

"We know we're in a time period unlike any other in our state's history and that's real and with that comes the need for infrastructure investments of every type, this is no different from that this is necessary for the state, necessary for the employees out here who do such critically important work," Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley said.

Inmates will move into the new expansion in the next two to three weeks.>>

The old East Unit which was built in 1910 will be demolished once inmates are moved into the new part of the Prison.

There are also hundreds of new cameras.

The current facility has 36 cameras, the expansion will add more than 400 to the Prison.


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