Northern Nevada Correctional Center

Northern Nevada Correctional Center is a medium-security state prison for male inmates that is located in Carson City, Nevada. Along with the Stewart Conservation Camp, this facility makes up the Carson City prison complex.

This facility was built in 1964 and is managed by the Nevada Department of Corrections. It has a capacity to house approximately 1,619 inmates in ten housing units. The original intent of NNCC was for it to be a treatment center instead of a traditional lockdown facility. Staff members don’t wear uniforms, inmates call them by their first names, and they also interact closely with the inmates.

This was an experiment in corrections that had never been done in Nevada, and was intended to treat the underlying problems that put the inmate in prison. Emphasis is placed on drug and alcohol treatment, education, and restoring family ties. This facility has a lounge-style visiting room and a dedicated education building.

On January 7, 1982, singer Sammy Davis, Jr. and comedian Tom Dreesen performed for the inmates at the facility’s gymnasium. Harrah's Reno provided an orchestra to support the event.

In 1987, NNCC called the National Guard to racially integrate the facility. The troops were placed throughout the prison yard, on top the housing units, and alongside prison staff as inmates were assigned new beds and housing units. Despite expectations that the inmates would not accept the changes, no riots or violence took place. 

NNCC also is the Intake Center for the Northern region. The Regional Medical Facility for the state of Nevada is located here. This includes an in-patient medical and mental health unit. In addition, there are the MIC (Medical Intermediate Care) and SCU (Structured Care Unit) units for those inmates whose medical and mental health situations are stable but which require additional staff monitoring. NNCC also has the Regional Warehouse which is the distribution center for the facilities in Carson City and Reno.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center are as follows:

Inmates                                        Days                                                  Hours

General Population                    Friday, Saturday                               8 a.m.-2 p.m.

All general population visitors must sign in prior to 8 a.m. for morning visiting and prior to noon for afternoon visiting.

Unit 7A/7B/8B                           Monday - By Appointment Only     11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All visitors must sign in prior to 10:45 a.m.

Unit 8A                                        Monday - By Appointment Only     11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All 8A population visitors must sign in prior to 10:45 a.m.

A visitor who departs after signing the visitor log and prior to their visit will not be allowed to visit that day.

Visitors are not allowed on property until 7:30 a.m. Parking along either side of Snyder Avenue is prohibited. Visiting closes at 2 p.m. If overcrowding occurs, a three-hour visiting limit will be enforced.

Without exception, there will be only two processing times for visiting: 8 a.m. and noon.
Visitors will only be allowed to depart visiting at 11:15 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.

General population visitors may visit on Fridays and Saturdays only. There will be no general population visits on Sundays, no exceptions.

If you have any questions, call (775) 887-9297 and ask for Visiting.

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 Northern Nevada Correctional Center 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.

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

Northern Nevada Correctional Center
1721 E. Snyder Ave.
Carson City, Nevada 89701

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General Phone Number

​​​​​(775) 887-9297

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number, and Housing Unit
Northern Nevada Correctional Center
P.O. Box 7000
Carson City, Nevada 89702

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, 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 Northern Nevada Correctional Center 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

Current vocational programs at Northern Nevada Correctional Center are auto mechanics/auto shop, computer, and dry cleaning. Educational services are conducted by Carson School District staff and include high school diploma, GED, Literacy programs, and English as a Second Language. 

College courses are available and are provided through Western Nevada Community College. OASIS is a 9 to 12 month drug and alcohol rehabilitation program which contains 170 inmate participants. SSLP (Senior Structured Living Program) is available to those inmates 60 and over and has 120 inmates participating. 

The New Beginnings program is offered to prepare inmates for reintegration into society. A wide range of self-help and treatment programs are available and are administered by medical, mental health and program staff.

Prison Industries

Silver State Industries includes a wood shop, metal shop, paint shop and upholstery. They manufacture a variety of products for governmental agencies and private entities. The Print Shop and Bookbindery is now located at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

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Careers at Northern Nevada Correctional Center

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