Northern Nevada Correctional Center

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Coordinates: 39°06′31″N 119°44′39″W / 39.1087°N 119.7443°W / 39.1087; -119.7443

Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) and Stewart Conservation Camp (SCC)
Northern Nevada Correctional Center USGS.jpeg
1999 aerial photo of the prison complex
Location1721 Snyder Avenue
Carson City, Nevada 89702[1]
Coordinates39°06′31.32″N 119°44′39.48″W / 39.1087000°N 119.7443000°W / 39.1087000; -119.7443000
Security classMedium (NNCC)[1]
Minimum (SCC)[2]
Capacity1,619 (NNCC)[1]
240 (SCC)[2]
Population1,444 male inmates (NNCC)
9 female inmates (NNCC)
328 male inmates (SCC)[3] (as of September 1, 2010)
Opened1964 (NNCC)
1978 (SCC)
Managed byNevada Department of Corrections
WardenPerry Russell

Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) and Stewart Conservation Camp (SCC) are part of a prison complex located in Carson City. The correctional center was established in 1964 and is managed by the Nevada Department of Corrections.[1] The medium security center housed 1,444 male and 9 female inmates as of September 2010.[3] It is designed with a capacity for 1,619 inmates and employs a staff of 373 as of 2008.[4]

The adjacent Stewart Conservation Camp was opened in 1978 and is designed for 240 minimum security inmates who support the Nevada Division of Forestry with wildfire suppression and conservation efforts.[2] The camp housed 328 male inmates and was budgeted for a total capacity of 350 as of September 2010.[3]


Nevada State Prison (NSP), also in Carson City, which was the only state penitentiary for many decades, underwent expansion in the early 1960s. The result was a second facility in Carson City that would become known as Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC).[4] The correctional center was opened in 1964 with three housing units. An interesting fact is that the Correctional Center was to operate as a treatment center rather than a traditional lockdown facility. Staff members did not wear uniforms, instead wearing casual attire the staff interacted closely with inmates. Inmates addressed staff by their first names. This was an experiment in corrections that had never been done in Nevada. In contrast to Nevada's only other prison, Nevada State Prison, NNCC was created to treat the inmates' underlying problems that lead to incarceration. Emphasis was placed on drug and alcohol treatment, education and restoring family ties. This was evident by the lounge style visiting room and dedicated education building, both are still in use today. By 2008, seven additional units were constructed.[1]

Media coverage[edit]

On January 7, 1982, singer Sammy Davis, Jr. and comedian Tom Dreesen performed at the gymnasium of the correctional center for the inmates. Harrah's Reno provided an orchestra to support the event.[5]

In May 1984, the Nevada State Press Association honored inmate Gerald Crane as the local best newspaper columnist for his work in the Nevada Appeal. Crane had been writing his "Being There" column while incarcerated at the correctional center for bank robbery and kidnapping; he was unable to attend the award ceremony.[6]


In 1987 The National Guard was called to NNCC to racially integrate the facility. The troops were positioned throughout the prison yard, atop of the housing units, and beside the traditional staff as inmates were given their new bed assignments. To date each dorm held 12 inmates that belonged to the same ethnic group. Due to recent court decisions then Department of Prisons was forced to integrate at least one inmate belonging to another ethnic group into each dorm. It was believed that the inmates would not accept these changes. Rumors were rampant of widespread riots and violence against both staff and those being integrated. The outcome was much less sensational. One inmate barked at a guard dog and was transferred to the maximum security prison for the infraction of creating a disturbance.

In October 1989, 48-year-old Kenneth James Meller took Dr. Karen Gedney hostage in the prison infirmary. Officers used a flashbang grenade to stun Meller and storm the room after negotiation efforts did not succeed. Meller was shot to death by the officers and Gedney was rescued.[7] Though it was reported at the time that Gedney was unharmed, she has stated that she was raped by Meller during the ordeal.[8]

In 2004, a prison guard was prosecuted for impregnating a female inmate. The American Civil Liberties Union protested the decision to also prosecute the inmate.[9]

In August 2005, a dental technician and another corrections employee were fired after they were determined by officials to be involved in the escape of inmate Jody Thompson.[10]


Silver State Industries operates the prison manufacturing program at Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Services include metal, paint, wood and upholstery shops. Vocational programs include auto mechanics, computers, and dry cleaning. Educational services are provided by the Carson City School District and Western Nevada Community College.[1]

The Regional Medical Facility for the Nevada Department of Corrections is located at the site.[1]

Following the closure of Nevada State Prison Northern Nevada Correctional Center is the current location where Nevada's license plates are made.

Energy usage[edit]

In 2007, a $7.7 million biomass fuel plant was constructed at the correctional center to utilize renewable energy. However, the power plant was closed in September 2010 after it was found to be adding to the facility's energy costs. According to Jeff Mohlenkamp, deputy director of support services for the Nevada Department of Corrections: "This was a project that was well intentioned, but not well implemented."[11]

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Number Status Description
Thomas Lee Bean 8630[12] Life imprisonment[13] First degree murder
Darrell Edwards Brooks, Jr. Unknown[14] Released in September 2008 after serving 18 months of a 12-36 month sentence[15] Statutory rape, felony
Phillip C. Garrido 12954[16] Transferred on August 26, 1988[17] Sexual assault
John "Jack" Sidote 13157[18] Released on July 11, 1985[19] Murder
Clarence "C.J." Stewart[20] 1028070[21] Released December 2010 on a plea deal after serving 27 months of a 7.5 year sentence[22] Assault, burglary, conspiracy, kidnapping

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NDOC: Northern Nevada Correctional Center". Nevada Department of Corrections. August 12, 2010. Archived from the original on 2009-06-18. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "NDOC: Stewart Conservation Camp mission statement". Nevada Department of Corrections. September 9, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-05-25. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Offender Management Division (September 1, 2010). "Report 1.1: Daily Offender Count by Location" (PDF). Nevada Department of Corrections. Retrieved November 3, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "NDOC: Organization". Nevada Department of Corrections. September 22, 2008. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Sammy puts on big show for inmates". Eugene Register-Guard. January 8, 1982. p. 5B. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  6. ^ "Convict rated top columnist". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. May 8, 1984. p. A8. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "Convict slain as guards save hostage". The Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. October 14, 1989. p. 5. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  8. ^ "Insistence on Persistence. (Best in the Business)". Corrections Today. June 1, 2002. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Thevenot, Carri Geer (March 19, 2004). "Prison Pregnancy: Indictment of inmate draws fire". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 1B. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  10. ^ "Inmate escape". Las Vegas Review-Journal. August 31, 2005. p. 5B. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  11. ^ Carlton, Jim (October 18, 2010). "(Bio)Mass Confusion". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
  12. ^ "NDOC Inmate Search". Nevada Department of Corrections. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "Bean v. Nevada". May 18, 1976. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  14. ^ "Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. a wanted sex offender in Nevada released twice by WI authorities". WLS-TV. November 22, 2021. Retrieved December 4, 2022.
  15. ^ "I-Team: Driver in Christmas parade tragedy listed as Nevada sex offender". KLAS-TV. November 23, 2021. Retrieved December 4, 2022.
  16. ^ "Nevada Offender Tracking Information System: Phillip C Garrido". Retrieved November 3, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Nevada DPS Information on Phillip Garrido". KTVN-TV. August 28, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  18. ^ "Nevada Offender Tracking Information System: John Sidote". Retrieved November 7, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Foat's Ex-Husband Gets Prison Release". Los Angeles Times. July 13, 1985. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  20. ^ "Nevada Supreme Court rejects Simpson appeal". United Press International. October 22, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
  21. ^
  22. ^ "O.J. Simpson co-defendant freed from prison in deal". Reuters. 5 January 2011.

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