High Desert State Prison

High Desert State Prison is a mixed-custody state prison for male inmates that is located in Indian Springs, Nevada. It is the largest correctional facility in the Nevada Department of Corrections and one of the most technologically-advanced prisons in the United States.

The current inmate capacity at High Desert State Prison is 4,176, and the population continues to rise as the state expands the facility, with plans of transforming it into the Southern Nevada Prison Complex.

This facility is surrounded by an electric fence, seven armed guard towers, and armed perimeter patrol.  Inmates are housed in 12 housing units that are divided into smaller pods. The complex totals approximately 1,576,000 square feet of space. The institution opened September 1, 2000 and is the reception center for Southern Nevada.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the High Desert State Prison are daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for the morning session and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the afternoon. Specific visiting hours for each inmate are based on their housing unit.

Day                               Unit

Monday                       Units 9 and 10, Protective Segregation I

Tuesday                       Units 2CD, 3AB, 5AB, 8CD, GP Level II

Wednesday                 Units 3CD, 4AB, 6AB, 8AB, Segregation

Thursday                     Units 5CD, 11, 12, Protective Segregation II

Friday                           Units 2AB, 4CD, 6CD, 7AB, 7CD, GP Level I

Saturday                      Units 2AB, 4CD, 6CD, 7AB, 7CD, GP Level I

Sunday                         Units 9 and 10, Protective Segregation I

Visitor processing times for the morning session are between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, and between noon and 2:00 pm for the afternoon session.

General Rules

You must get approval before visiting your inmate. You will be subject to search when you arrive at the facility, and you must present a photo ID before you are allowed to enter.

The dress code at High Desert State Prison is “sensible” and conservative. You can’t wear the color blue because it is what the inmate’s wear. You are also not allowed to wear revealing or tight-fitting clothing, and mini-skirts and bare midriffs aren’t allowed.

For a complete list of rules and a detailed dress code, click here.

You are allowed to bring $40 for use in the vending machines, one photo ID, and necessary life support medication. Everything else must be locked in your vehicle or kept in a locker in the lobby of the facility.

Physical Address

High Desert State Prison
22010 Cold Creek Road
Indian Springs, Nevada 89070

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/145sKUVKsbogWDrp9

General Phone Number

​(702) 879-6789

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number, and Housing Unit
High Desert State Prison
P.O. Box 650
Indian Springs, Nevada 89070-0650

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the High Desert State Prison, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours and can make outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Nevada, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to inmates at the High Desert State Prison by snail mail with a Lockbox Deposit Coupon (cashier's check or money order), online with a credit or debit card at the Access Corrections website, or by calling Access Corrections at 1-866-345-1884.

Coupons for mail-in lockbox deposits must be either printed or obtained from the inmate. The inmate is responsible for sending coupons to persons wishing to send the inmate money.

Please make sure the money order is payable to “ACCESS SECURE DEPOSITS” and mail the deposit slip and money order to:

Secure Deposits - Nevada DOC
P.O. Box 12486
St. Louis, MO 63132

Due to increased counterfeit activity, funds from ALL money orders and cashier's checks received directly by NDOC will be available to the inmate fourteen calendar days from receipt.

Programs For Inmates

High Desert State Prison offers educational assistance to inmates who want to obtain their GED or High School diploma as well as some college courses. Vocational training includes Automotive & Mechanics Training, Heating and Air Conditioning, and Carpentry.

The Prison Industries building complex comprises one building of approximately 65,000 square feet. The Prison Industries building houses six work bays of approximately 10,000 square feet. Each of the bays has camera surveillance capabilities and a dining area for the workers.

Available inmate programs at High Desert State Prison include:

  • Commitment to Change
  • Anger Management
  • Thinking for a Change
  • InsideOut Dads
  • Clark County Parenting Program
  • Good Intentions, Bad Choices
  • Sexual Treatment of Offenders in Prison (STOP)
  • Relapse Prevention (Sex Offender Program)
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Getting it Right
  • High School Equivalency (HSE)
  • High School Diploma
  • Air Conditioning and Heating (HVAC)
  • Automotive Technology
  • Heavy Equipment Simulator
  • Computers
  • Construction Arts
  • Culinary Arts
  • Welding

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Careers at High Desert State Prison

If you are interested in a career with the Nevada Department of Corrections and would like to work at the High Desert State Prison, you can find out more information by clicking here.