Southern Desert Correctional Center (SDCC)


Visiting Information

P.O. Box 208
Indian Springs, Nevada 89070-0208
20825 Cold Creek Road
Indian Springs, Nevada 89070
(702) 879-3800

    Administrative Staff

    Jo Gentry, Warden
    Frank Dreesen, Associate Warden
    Minor Adams, Associate Warden

      Historical

      Located in Clark County, just north of Las Vegas, Southern Desert Correctional Center opened in February 1982.The department's fourth major institution has seven 102-cell housing units, one of which housed federal prisoners until the state took it over in 1987. Each 60-square foot cell housed one inmate at that time. A new 200-cell housing unit opened in 1989, and two 240-bed dormitory-style housing units were added in March 2008, bringing the population capacity from 714 in 1982 to its present capacity of 2,149.

        Staffing

        In addition to our staff of 198 Protective Service staff, Southern Desert Correctional Center employs a number of professional and skilled staff:
            38 Program Staff (including Education Principal, AA and Braille, Psychologist, TRUST and Re-Entry)
            12 Skilled Maintenance Personnel
            4 Warehouse Employees
            4 Correctional Cooks
            1 Laundry/Dry Cleaning Specialist
            1 Recreation Specialist
            9 Administrative/Clerical
            1 Institutional Chaplain

          Capacity

          Southern Desert Correctional Center houses mostly medium custody general population inmates, along with two separate specialized programming units. The total capacity for Southern Desert Correctional Center is approximately 2,149 inmates.

            Programs: Vocational Training, Educational Opportunities, and Treatment Services

            Southern Desert Correctional Center offers a wide range of programs for the inmate population and an opportunity pursue a GED, high school diploma or a college degree. Southern Desert offers the most programs of any of the facilities located in Nevada, to include: Anger Management, Stress Management, Fitness and Wellness, Inside/Out Dads, Domestic Violence, Toastmasters, Gang Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Victim Empathy, Commitment to Change, SOS Help for Emotions, Thinking for Change, relationships, Sex Offender Treatment, Stress and Anxiety management. Additionally, Southern Desert offers “New Beginnings” a re-entry program, Forklift Certification and OSHA Certification in cooperation with the local Teamsters Union. SDCC offers “TRUST” a therapeutic community and “Re-Entry” a unit to prepare inmates for reintegration back into the community. Recently, "Photovoltaic Solar Panel Program" was added as a component to the Re-Entry Program. Religious services and activities for all denominations are available.

            Southern Desert also has its own medical and mental health staff serving the inmate population.

              Prison Industries

              Prison industries at SDCC offers card sorting and the Silver State automotive restoration and repair.