North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI)

North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI)

North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI)

236 Radar Rd.
Cottonwood ID 83522
Phone: 208-962-3276

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NICI is a former military radar station north of the small town of Cottonwood. This facility is a program-specific prison with an operating capacity of 414 male offenders. NICI primarily houses offenders sentenced under a retained jurisdiction sentence. Retained jurisdiction provides a sentencing alternative for courts to target offenders who might, after a period of programming and evaluation, be viable candidates for probation rather than incarceration.


NOTE: Visitors must be on time to enter or they will be turned away.

Visiting will be two days a week – Saturday and Sunday and state holidays.

Visitors Enter Visit Time
All Offenders     12:00 – 12:30 p.m. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Please note that NICI has several site-specific visiting rules in addition to the regular rules and guidelines.

NICI Site-Specific Visiting Rules

Waiting Period:

Due to the potential waiting period before being admitted to the facility and because of frequently inclement weather conditions, visitors are advised to dress accordingly. In cases of severe weather conditions, please wait inside your vehicle as the parking lot is not far from the facility entrance.


Multi-layered clothing such as coats and sweatshirts will be allowed at NICI during winter months and inclement weather, but are subject to search at anytime.

Check-In/Check-Out Procedures:

Check-in will start at 12:00 p.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Late arrivals will be denied entry that day. Check-out will occur immediately after visiting hours are over. Note: Visitors will be given one opportunity to leave at 2:00 p.m. Those who choose to stay are required to remain in visiting until 3:30 p.m. except for medical emergencies.

Parking Area Rules:

Visitors are not allowed in the parking area until 11:30 a.m. (local time) and must stay in their vehicles until check-in begins. If you must exit your vehicle, remain in the picnic area at the northwest corner of the parking lot.

Visitors must leave the parking area promptly after checking out.

No unattended pets are allowed in the parking area.

Loud music emanating from vehicles is prohibited.

Attempting to communicate in any way with an offender from the parking lot is prohibited.

Do not park vehicles in firelanes. Parking in handicapped zones requires authorized and properly displayed identification tags.

Taking photographs or videos of the facility, offenders, or staff is prohibited.

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