Wells Conservation Camp (WCC)
Wells, Nevada 89835
PHONE: (775) 478-5120
Timothy Filson, Warden
Mike Byrne, Associate Warden
William Gittere, Associate Warden
Lt. April Witter, Camp Manager
Wells Conservation Camp is located at exit 365 on interstate 80 in Independence Valley, approximately 14 miles east of Wells, Nevada. Construction of the facility began in the fall of 1984 with the utilization of inmate labor and the official opening of the camp was in March of 1985. WCC houses minimum custody offenders and operates under a cooperative partnership with the Nevada Division of Forestry. NDF operates 7 inmate work crews at WCC providing wildland firefighting support as well as working on a variety of projects locally including, but not limited to, wildland conservation, community projects, senior citizen assistance and higway beautification and cleanup projects with the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Day to day operations at WCC are managed by a Correctional Lieutenant with Administrative supervision and support provided by Ely State Prison. WCC is staffed with:
1 Correctional Lieutenant
1 Correctional Sergeant
1 Senior Correctional Officer
8 Correctional Officers
1 Correctional Case Work Specialist I
1 Retail Storekeeper
150 Minimum custody offenders.
Programs: Vocational Training, Educational Opportunities, and Treatment Services
WCC is a working camp with the majority of inmates being assigned to Nevada Division of forestry fire crews. Due to our remote location, the availability of program volunteers is limited. Currently WCC offers G.E.D. preparation and testing through Great Basin College of Elko, Nevada. Inmates can receive their High School Diploma, from Elko County School District and New Beginnings is another program that is offered. Efforts to expand on programming are ongoing.