Warm Springs Correctional Center (WSCC)


Visiting Information

P.O. Box 7007
Carson City, Nevada 89702
3301 E. 5th Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701
(775) 684-3000

    Administrative Staff

    Harold Wickham, Warden
    Lisa Walsh, Associate Warden
    Joy Grimmer, ASO

      Historical

      The Warm Springs Correctional Center (WSCC) was authorized by and constructed through appropriations from the 1961 legislative session and was known as the Nevada Women’s Correctional Center until September 1997. It was converted to a medium security men’s prison in 1998, then to a minimum custody facility in July 2003. The institution has been remodeled and expanded four times over the past 47 years. A second housing unit was added in 1979, and a third in 1987. The core services building, which houses food services, health care services, education facilities and the gymnasium, was added in 1981. The 1995 and 1997 legislatures authorized a fourth housing unit, two towers, a new security fence, additional classrooms and a complete remodel of the kitchen, dining room and entrance building. The completion of this project in July 1998 (funded in part with federal monies) brought the budgeted capacity of WSCC from 260 to 510 inmates. In July 2008, WSCC was converted back to a men’s medium custody institution.

        Staffing

        WSCC is staffed by 125.5 employees. One hundred three are funded through the WSCC budget account, including 3 Administrators, 80 Correctional Officers and 16 Correctional Supervisors, 4 Caseworkers, 3 Food Service Workers, 4 Skilled Craftsman, and 3 Clerical positions. Inmate Health Care Services at WSCC are funded through the Department’s Medical Division and includes 2 part time Physicians, 1 Director of Nursing, 6 Nurses, 2 Clerical positions, 1.5 Psychologists, 1 Psychiatric Nurse, .5 Psychiatrist, .5 Dentist, .5 Dental Technician and .5 Lab Technician.

        Three other positions are paid for through the Offenders Store Fund and include 2 Storekeepers (Canteen and Coffee Shop) and 1 Physical Education/Recreation Specialist. High School, Adult Basic Education and Vocational Training is provided through the Carson City School District and staffed by five teachers.

          Capacity

          At this time WSCC is budgeted for 532 inmates.

            Programs: Vocational Training, Educational Opportunities, and Treatment Services

            WSCC provides program opportunities including literacy training, high school, adult basic education, vocational training, community college, addiction recovery, the STOP program for sexual offenders, street readiness programs, and a variety of socialization programs offered by the out-patient psychology division. WSCC also accommodates a variety of religious services through a very active chapel, which includes music and choir.

            The Carson City School District offers a high school diploma and adult basic education (GED), in addition to literacy and ESL through its teaching staff. Vocational training includes culinary arts and computer science. The average enrollment in the Carson Adult High School programs is 292 inmates per month, which is approximately 86% of the educational program capacity. Evening college classes have been provided through Western Nevada College.

            The "Pups on Parole" program coordinates with the Nevada Humane Society to train inmates to be dog gentlers. Inmates learn to train dogs so they are able to be around people from three to 90 years of age. Please review the "Puppies up for Parole" website. This web page is updated daily and all dogs featured on the page are ready for adoption.

            Prison Industries

            On December 20, 2000, WSCC launched its first Prison Industry. A crew of thirty inmates recycle playing cards for resale in area gift shops and retail outlets. The work involves trimming the corners of decks with an industrial cutter (to denote that the decks may not be used again in a casino), sorting the cards to ensure each deck is complete and packaging them for resale.