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Las Vegas Jail -- Information for Family & Friends of Inmates

If someone is arrested for a crime in Las Vegas, Nevada, he/she will likely be held in custody at the Clark County Detention Center, commonly abbreviated CCDC. This is the primary Las Vegas jail facility.

The Las Vegas Jail houses people who have just been arrested, who are awaiting trial, or who are serving Nevada misdemeanor sentences. The jail is located in downtown Las Vegas at 330 South Casino Center Drive.

Scroll down or click on the links below for general Clark County Jail information.

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1. Locating an inmate at the CCDC
2. Phoning an inmate at the CCDC
3. Visiting an inmate at the CCDC
4. Sending mail to an inmate at the CCDC
5. Transferring funds to and from an inmate at the CCDC
6. Shopping privileges for inmates at the CCDC
7. How to bail out an inmate at the CCDC
8. Safety and medical care at the CCDC

1. Finding information on a person in custody at the Las Vegas Jail

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In order to find out whether a person is being detained at the CCDC, call the jail's information line at (702) 671-3900 or use the jail's Inmate Search Page. The information line and website also provide information on inmates' bail amount, the nature of their case, court dates, and visiting hours.

In order to access inmate information over the phone or through the web, the following information is required:

  • inmate's full name, OR
  • inmate identification number, OR
  • case number.

However the jail will not reveal any inmate information if the person in custody is under 18 years old or is under protective custody due to safety concerns.

For more information on finding an inmate at the CCDC, go to our article on finding an inmate at the CCDC.

Visit the Clark County Detention Center's webpage on finding an inmate.

2. Phoning a person in custody at the Clark County Detention Center

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A person in custody at the Las Vegas Jail may not receive phone calls unless it is an emergency, in which case the caller may phone (702) 671-5700. The Clark County Detention Center will then verify if it is truly an emergency situation.

A person in custody at the Las Vegas Jail may make outgoing collect calls. The phone company is CenturyLink. The person receiving the calls is encouraged to set up an account with CenturyLink by calling customer service at 1-888-506-8407, which is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Note that cellular phone users must create an account in order to receive collect calls. Also note that inmates may not use prepaid calling cards.

There is another way that a person in custody may talk with a cellular phone user: The inmate makes a collect call to a friend on a landline who then three-ways the call to a cellular phone user.

Keep in mind that these phone calls are recorded, so be careful not to reveal anything over the phone that may be construed as incriminating because it can and will be used against the defendant in court. The Clark County Detention Center is equipped with TTY machines to accommodate hearing impairment, and a telephone interpretation service is available to assist non-English speakers.

For more information on phoning an inmate at the CCDC, go to our article on phoning an inmate at the CCDC.

Visit the Clark County Detention Center's webpage on phoning guidelines.

3. Visiting a person in custody at the Clark County Detention Center

If someone wishes to visit an inmate at the CCDC, he/she must register there in person first. The CCDC's street address is 330 South Casino Center Drive.

In order to register, the person must present his/her photo ID and give his/her email address to the desk sergeant. The visitor must also know the inmate's ID number, which he/she can search for at the CCDC website. Visitors are permitted to register during the hours of:

Sunday through Saturday:

8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Once a person has registered, he/she can schedule visits at either the jail kiosks or through the CCDC website. It is required that people make an appointment before they are allowed to visit. CCDC visiting hours are:

Monday through Friday:

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday through Sunday:

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Visitors under eighteen years old have to be accompanies by an adult. Visitors thirteen years old and younger do not need identification.

Beware that visitors go through metal detectors and that the jail may check visitors for any outstanding warrants. If the jail discovers the person has a warrant, he/she will be arrested. (For information about arrest warrants in Nevada, see our article on arrest warrants in Nevada.

Visitors may not bring cell phones into the Clark County Detention Center, so the jail provides lockers to store them. Eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited in the lobby. Visitors may not bring gifts to a person in custody.

In order for you to visit a person in custody at the Clark County Detention Center, the visitor must abide by a conservative dress code:

  • Shirts and shoes are required at all times.
  • All shirts and blouses must be long enough so they could be tucked in, and they cannot be sleeveless or include tube tops, tank tops or tops with "spaghetti straps."
  • Short-shorts and mini skirts are forbidden.
  • All hats are forbidden, including "do-rags."
  • No underwear may be showing.
  • No clothes can show profane, offensive or sexual language.

Persons in custody at the Las Vegas Jail are never allowed in the same room with their visitors. Instead, the lobby of the Clark County Detention Center contains several booths where the visitor may communicate with the person in custody over close-captioned video for up to twenty-five (25) minutes.

Unfortunately, these booths are wide open, so anyone in the lobby may overhear the visitor's side of the conversation. (Only attorneys on official business may meet with persons in custody in private rooms.) Beware that these video conversations may be monitored, so be careful not to reveal anything that may be construed as incriminating.

For more information about visiting an inmate at the CCDC, go to our article on visiting an inmate at the CCDC.

Visit the Clark County Detention Center's webpage on visiting guidelines.

4. Sending mail to a person in custody at the Las Vegas Jail

CCDC inmates are allowed to receive snail mail. The mailing address is:

Name, Inmate Identification Number
Housing Unit / Room
Clark County Detention Center
330 South Casino Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89101

All incoming mail is searched for drugs and other impermissible items prior to delivery. The only incoming mail which is not searched is correspondence from the inmate's attorney, and it must be clearly marked "legal mail."

Packages will be returned unless the sender receives prior approval from the Bureau Lieutenant. Call (702) 671-5700 to contact the Bureau Lieutenant.

The following items may not be mailed to inmates:

  1. Stamps that are not cancelled; stationery or cards that are blank; envelopes that are not addressed to the person in custody.
  2. Any kind of pornographic material as well as photographs depicting nude, partly nude, or sexually graphic images.
  3. Literature considered obscene.
  4. Any item that may be considered a health hazard.
  5. Any cards, letters, or photographs that are affixed together by glue, tape or staples; letters may not be written with metallic ink pens.
  6. Any cards or photographs with dimensions larger than six inches by eight inches (6" x 8"); also, persons in custody may not receive more than fifteen (15) photographs at a time.
  7. Items that cannot be easily identified as being acceptable.

Publishers and commercial dealers may send magazines, periodicals, soft-covered books and newspapers for distribution to all inmates at the Clark County Detention Center as long as the items are clearly identified. Persons in custody may receive books but only if they are soft-covered books and they are mailed directly from publishers and commercial dealers.

For more information about sending mail to an inmate at the CCDC, go to our article on sending mail to an inmate at the CCDC.

Visit the Clark County Detention Center's webpage on mailing guidelines.

5. Transferring funds to and from a person in custody at the Clark County Detention Center

Every inmate at the Las Vegas Jail has a trust account where funds may be kept in their name. They usually use the money on their books to buy items through the jail's commissary.

There are four different ways for an outside person to put money on a person in custody's books:

Credit or Debit Card

Credit/debit card transfers are usually posted within a day except for weekends and holidays. To transfer money call 1-888-497-2387 or go online to www.ezmoneyload.com.

Cash

Cash transfers are posted immediately. People can post funds at the public window at 330 S Casino Center Blvd. between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM or between 9:15 PM and 11:00 PM. Bring exact cash. No change is given and no coins are accepted. The public window does not accept checks or money orders. Also the person must provide the inmate's name and ID number.

Outsiders can also send cash through the mail at:

Inmate Name and ID# (the ID must be on the envelope)
Clark County Detention Center
330 S Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Money Orders

Money orders are posted within one business day except for weekends and holidays. They may be sent through the mail to:

Inmate Name and ID# (the ID must be on the envelope)
Clark County Detention Center
330 S Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Money orders must be made payable to "CCDC Inmate Trust Account" and contain the inmate's name and ID number somewhere on the money order. People may not send personal checks, cashier's checks, and checks issued from businesses.

Inmate Money Releases

CCDC inmates may release funds in their account to an outside person. This can be done right away if the recipient is a lawyer, a bail bondsman, or a court (for court fees). Otherwise the jail imposes a 24-hour hold.

The person receiving the funds must show the jail a valid government-issued ID, such as a driver's license or passport.

Note that inmates may not transfer funds to other inmates.

For more information about transferring funds to an inmate at the CCDC, go to our article on transferring funds to an inmate at the CCDC.

Visit the Clark County Detention Center's webpage on transferring funds.

6. Shopping privileges for persons in custody at the Clark County Detention Center

The Las Vegas Jail has a commissary, which is a general store where persons in custody may buy items through a catalogue. Persons in custody may make purchases through the commissary twice a week depending on where they are housed:

Location of CCDC Inmate Times Inmates may make commissary purchase
North Tower on the 3rd and 7th floors Sundays and Tuesdays
North Tower on the 2nd, 5th and 9th floors Mondays and Wednesdays
South Tower on the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th floors Sundays and Tuesdays
South Tower on the 4th and 5th floors Mondays and Wednesdays
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Goods available from the commissary at the Clark County Detention Center are subject to change. They usually include an assortment of snack foods, toiletries, reading materials, and stationery.

Visit the Clark County Detention Center's webpage on commissary privileges.

7. How to bail out a person in custody at the Las Vegas Jail

Bail may be posted by the inmate upon booking or by family members, friends or representatives. Bail may come from personal funds or a bail bonds agency. The procedure for paying bail differs depending on whether the person in custody's case is in Justice Court or in District Court.

Bail Procedures for Las Vegas Justice Court Cases

To post bail for Justice Court, go to the Pre-trial Services window at the Clark County Detention Center, located in downtown Las Vegas at 330 South Casino Center Drive (see map here). It is open seven (7) days a week from 8 a.m. until midnight. The filing fee of $40 must be provided along with bail payment. Pre-trial Services accepts five methods of payment:

  1. Cash as long as it is the full and exact amount.
  2. Visa or Mastercard up to $10,000.
  3. Cashier's check payable to "Las Vegas Justice Court." Make sure to include the inmate's full name and inmate ID number on the cashier's check. Personal checks are not accepted.
  4. Money order payable to "Las Vegas Justice Court," and make sure to include the inmate's full name and inmate ID number on the money order.
  5. Western Union Quick Collect made payable to "Justice Court." The code City is "LV Township," and the state code is "NV." Include the inmate's full name and inmate ID number on the Quick Collect.

Bail Procedures for Clark County District Court Cases

To post bail for District Court during business hours (between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.), go to the Regional Justice Center. It is across from the Clark County Detention Center at 200 Lewis Ave. (see map here).

Payment must be by cashier's check or money order made payable to the "Clerk of the Court." Payers must include the person in custody's full name and inmate identification number on the cashier's check or money order. Personal checks are never accepted.

To post bail at District Court after business hours through 8 p.m., go to the Clark County Detention Center, located in downtown Las Vegas at 330 South Casino Center Drive (see map here). To pay cash, go to the Pre-trial Services window. To pay by bond, go to the reception area and speak with the clerks in the glass booth.

For more information on bailing out an inmate at the CCDC, go to our article on bailing out an inmate at the CCDC.

Visit the Clark County Detention Center's webpage on bailing procedures. For more information, contact Pre Trial Services (702) 671-3285.

8. Safety and medical needs at the Clark County Detention Center

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Las Vegas jail officials in the Clark County Detention Center provide constant supervision and weapons monitoring. Staff is unarmed, but they do carry pepper spray.

Surveillance cameras monitor every jail room except the showers and single-person cells. Persons in custody wear identical blue shirts and blue pants so that jail officials may quickly identify them as inmates.

Persons in custody are usually housed with people accused of committing like crimes and with similar criminal histories. Note that it is illegal for prisons and jails to segregate its population along racial lines. However for safety purposes, the jail separates the sexes and members of rival gangs.

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Persons in custody who behave well or who are accused of nonviolent crimes live in "open-dorm" areas, which house up to seventy-four (74) inmates. Persons in custody who misbehave or who are accused of more serious crimes stay in tiny isolation cells, where guards conduct room checks every two hours. Each person in custody has his or her own bed, desk and stool.

Persons in custody under suicide watch are stripped of everything, including clothes, except for a bed and blanket.

The Las Vegas Jail may put an inmate in protective custody if his/her safety is threatened. Transsexuals and homosexuals are often placed in protective custody since they are frequently harassed.

The Clark County Detention Center is legally obligated to meet a person in custody's "necessary" medical and prescription drug needs. There are also special medical wards for ill inmates.

People with a friend or loved one at the CCCD who is being targeted, injured, or deprived adequate medical treatment can call the CCDC with their concerns at (702) 671-5700 or (702) 671-5701.

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