Most publicly available information about inmates can be viewed via this site's Inmate Search. Individuals who are seeking more specific information about an inmate's location, status, and classification, can call the individual institution where the inmate is located, using the phone numbers and addresses indicated on this site Contact Info. If the location of the inmate is not known, or it is not known whether or not a person is incarcerated, you may contact the Department's Family and Community Services staff.
If the location of the inmate is known, and specific information is requested regarding the inmate's status within an institution, or classification, it is best to contact the Associate Warden, or the Caseworker III at the individual institution. These are the individuals who best know the inmate, and their status.
The Department of Corrections generally only has custody of, and information on, offenders who have received a sentence of incarceration in a Nevada State Prison, and are currently serving that sentence. The Department does not have current information on parolees, individuals sentenced to probation, or those who have only been arrested and are awaiting trial or sentencing (and have not yet been sentenced to a prison term). If you have heard that someone has been arrested and you are trying to locate them or find out more information, you will need to contact the county or city in which they were arrested. In the Las Vegas area, check with the Clark County Detention Center. In Northern Nevada, check with the Washoe County Detention Facility.
No information will be provided regarding when approved transfers will be executed. Persons intending to request consideration for the transfer of an inmate should be aware that the Department of Corrections does not engage in transfers for the purpose of inmate convenience, or family reunification. The Department of Corrections has limited housing, and transportation resources. This agency must naturally give priority to the needs of the community for security, and the location of beds in order to prevent overcrowding, and maintain a constitutionally acceptable environment for all inmates throughout the State. The Department of Corrections also does not engage in the transfer of inmates to other states for the purposes of family reunification. These Interstate Correctional Compact transfers are reserved for inmates who have significant behavioral problems, or a substantial, documented need for protection.
Information regarding the approval of release plans, and the date of inmate's releases on parole can be obtained from the pre-release unit of the Division of Parole and Probation along with their contact information. This is also the unit responsible for the investigation and approval of residential plans for residential confinement. This information is not communicated to the Department of Corrections until it is finally approved by the Division of Parole and Probation.
Specific information regarding Parole Board issues should be addressed directly to the Parole Board. This is the agency to contact for information regarding the specific time and place of an inmate's hearing for parole, and any questions regarding the decisions of the Parole Board.
The Department of Corrections does not supervise parolees or those sentenced to probation only. For any information regarding individuals who are currently on parole or serving probation, please contact the Parole and Probation Division of the Department of Public Safety.
The Department of Corrections does have a program for compassionate release for inmates who are terminally ill, or who suffer from substantial physical handicaps. Requests for this type of release are generally initiated by the Medical Division of the Department. Information regarding this issue can be obtained by contacting the Family Services Division staff.