Friday, March 17, 2023 - 11:48 am

The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (ND DOCR) has named Joseph Joyce as the new Warden for the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the Warden of the State Penitentiary. I am grateful to the many people that have helped me develop and grow throughout my career,” said Joyce. “In this new role, I look forward to continuing the department’s mission of transforming lives, influencing change, and strengthening community. As I progressed through my career path, I always looked up to the Warden to guide us towards our department mission. Now I have the amazing opportunity to be that guide for our team members and community.”

A 2001 graduate of Bismarck High School, Joyce earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology from NDSU. He began his career with the DOCR in 2006 as a Correctional Officer and has held various positions with the department. He will be transitioning to his new role over the next few weeks as the search to identify the next Warden of Transitional Facilities begins.

James Sayler preceded Joyce after 21 years with the State of North Dakota.

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