Barnes County Correctional Facility
The mission of the Barnes County Corrections Facility is to protect the public by maintaining proper custody of offenders sentenced by a court of law or being detained for criminal violations and waiting an initial appearance before a court of law; to provide a safe and healthy environment for all staff and inmates; and to offer work, education and treatment programs when possible, encouraging inmates to make the needed changes to be law-abiding and successful in society.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Visitation Hours: Every second Sunday of the Month from 12:30-4:30
Every Wednesday: 1:00 PM-4:30 PM and 7:00 PM-8: 30 PM except holidays.
Daily rate for boarding: $65.00/ With Work Release $80.00
The first Barnes County Courthouse was built in 1879. It was later used as a garage. The second courthouse was built in 1882 on the site of the current courthouse. The second courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1924. This courthouse housed the jail in its basement. Records indicate that the citizens of Barnes County built the current jail facility between 1914 and 1915.
The Sheriff and his family, along with the criminal elements of the time originally occupied the jail facility. The last Sheriff to occupy the facility as a residence was Rhiny Weber who finished his term at the end of 1974. The building underwent extensive remodeling and part of the former sheriff’s residence was used as a juvenile detention facility. The building was used as a Sheriff’s office and jail until 1996.The departments were officially separated by the counties commissioners each department having their separate department heads. The Sheriff and his deputies moved into their current location next to the Valley City Police Department.
The facility currently has a staff of 10 fulltime officers in addition to the administrator. The facility prepares and serves all the inmates meals with the assistance of a part time cook and jail staff. The facility can house both male and female inmates and a capacity for up 32 inmates.
The facility also has an Attendant Care program that is maintained by a staff of paid volunteers who are trained for the programs duties. This program replaces the before mentioned juvenile detention facility.
Qualifications of Correctional Officers: All officers attend a 120 hour course of study approved by the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations. Officers must also be certified in first aid and CPR. The officers are required to continue their training hours by attending forty hours of additional training every three years from the date of their original eighty hours of training. The officers are also given in-house training on topics related to the jails duties and policies.