You are here

Ely State Prison

P.O. Box 1989
4569 North State Rt.
Ely, Nevada 89301
PHONE: (775) 289-8800

Administrative Staff:
Renee Baker, Warden
Mike Byrne, Associate Warden
Michael Fletcher, Associate Warden


Ely State Prison was opened in July of 1989, and is the designated maximum-security prison for the State of Nevada. The facility is located approximately nine (9) miles north of Ely, Nevada in White Pine County. Built in two (2) phases, Phase I was completed and opened in August 1989. Phase II was completed in November 1990. The original design was for 1054 inmates, but the capacity has subsequently been increased to 1183 inmates.


Ely State Prison currently has four hundred six (406) employee positions. The institution is considered to be a major employer in the region, and staff is significantly involved in community activities. Staff are proud of having a safe, secure, and sanitary institution and strive every day to complete the mission of Ely State Prison: To protect the public, the employees, and the offenders.


Ely State Prison's total capacity is 1,183 inmates.


Visiting days at Ely State Prison are:

     •Mondays and Tuesdays (Maximum Lockup/CMU Inmates);
     •Wednesdays and Thursdays (General Population Units 5, 6, 7, 8A inmates);
     •Friday, Saturday and Sunday (General Population Unit 8B inmates);
     •Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening (Minimum Custody inmates).

Visiting hours are 9:00 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. for all daytime visits, and 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. for the minimum custody inmates. Visitors are encouraged to call 24 hours in advance to make sure the inmate is still located at Ely State Prison, and that their visiting days have not changed.

  • Click here for ESP Visiting Rules and Regulations.

  • Programs: Vocational Training, Educational Opportunities, and Treatment Services

    High School Diploma; Mental Health Services; G.E.D.; Adult Education Instruction; Anger Management, Anxiety, Feelings training; one-on-one counseling; Life Skills; Domestic Violence Awareness; ServeSafe; Cage Your Rage; Commitment to Change I-III; Houses of Healing, SOS Help for Emotions, 9-5 Beats 10 to Life, Values for Responsible Living, Starting Over, TRY: Treatment Readiness for You, Criminal Thinking, Relapse Prevention (Sex Offenders), Anger Management I and II, and Anger Management (SAMHSA). New Beginnings, Financial Literacy.

    Prison Industries:

    Custom, government and commercial draperies have been produced locally since 1991, and are shipped nationally and internationally. Products consist of pinch pleats, rod pockets, snap-tape, ripple-fold, jabots and swags, as well as different styles of valances. The shop employs 30 specially trained drapery craftsmen, and they are held to the highest production standards. The shop is capable of producing in excess of 500 widths per day. Additionally, custom work for end users such as passenger trains, ocean liners, submarines, convalescent centers, mental institutions and juvenile facilities have been completed. Our motto is, "We have the time to do it right".

    5500 Snyder Ave,

    P.O. Box 7011

    Carson City, Nevada, 89701
    Telephone (775) 887-3285


    Silver State Industries
    5500 Snyder Ave,

    P.O. Box 7011

    Carson City, Nevada, 89702
    Telephone (775) 883-6263

    State of Nevada Seal
    Governor – Brian Sandoval
    Director – James “Greg” Cox