North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI)

View of NICI in winter
NICI front gate in winter
Physical Address:
236 Radar Rd.
Cottonwood, ID 83522

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 426 male residents. NICI primarily houses residents sentenced under a retained jurisdiction sentence. Retained jurisdiction provides a sentencing alternative for courts to target individuals who might, after a period of programming and evaluation, be viable candidates for probation rather than incarceration.

Warden: Aaron Krieger; NICI email address:; Phone: 208-962-3276


Visiting schedules are subject to change based on emergency situations.

Please read and be familiar with the Visiting Rules for Residents and Visitors and complete the visiting application process before visiting the facility. 

Note: The use of tobacco products on IDOC property is not allowed, to include parking areas. No tobacco can be brought into any facility. All tobacco products must be stored in a locked vehicle.

 NICI Visiting Schedule

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.

  • Attire:

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.

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 a resident 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, residents, or staff is prohibited.

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