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Southern Desert Correctional Center

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

Administrative Staff:
Brian E. Williams Sr., Warden
Frank Dreesen, Associate Warden
Minor Adams, Associate Warden


Located in Clark County, just North of Las Vegas, Southern Desert Correctional Center, the department's Fourth major institution, was opened in February 1982 with seven 102 cell housing units, one of which housed federal prisoners but was added to the state’s population in 1987. Each 60 square foot cell housed one inmate at that time. A new 200 cell housing unit was opened in 1989 and, most recently, two 240 bed dormitory style housing units were opened in March of 2008 bringing the population capacity from 714 in 1982 to the present day population capacity of 2149.


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 (2) separate specialized programming units. The total capacity for Southern Desert Correctional Center is approximately 2149 inmates.


    Special Notes:

  • Each inmate’s visitor(s) will be allowed one entrance time per visiting day. Entrance is on a first come first served basis.
  • Inmates are only allowed to visit one time during each am/pm session (unless a Special Visit has been approved).
  • All rules, regulations and dress code will be strictly enforced. Please ensure you arrive in proper attire with the appropriate identification/documentation.
  • Level I and Level II General Population Units:

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Visiting hours are 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Visitor check-in is from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and 12:00 pm to 1:30pm.

  • Level III General Population Unit:

  • Monday Only
  • Visiting hours are 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Visitor check-in is from 7:00 am to 8:00 am and 12:30 pm to 1:30pm.
  • For additional information, please contact the Visiting Department at 702-879-1276 Friday thru Monday from 7:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

  • Click here for SDCC Visiting Rules and Regulations.

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

    Southern Desert Correctional Center offers a wide range of programs for all of the inmate population and an opportunity to enroll in educational classes in pursuit of a GED, High School Diploma or College Degrees. 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:

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

    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

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    Governor – Brian Sandoval
    Director – James “Greg” Cox