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.
Note that if a person is placed on a Nevada ICE hold at the CCDC, the person may remain in custody for an extra full 48 hours (not counting weekends or holidays) while ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) looks into seeing whether the inmate may be in the U.S. illegally. If ICE determines that he/she may be here illegally, he/she will be transferred to Las Vegas Immigration Jail.
Scroll down or click on the links below for general Clark County Jail information.
(click on a link to go directly to that topic)
- 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
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.
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.
Most inmates are allowed only one (1) visit a week, and maximum custody inmates are allowed only one (1) visit every two weeks. Inmates pending disciplinary sanctions for rule violations get no visits until their rule violation is resolved.
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:
Seven days a week:
7:30 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:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Saturday through Sunday:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM12:30 PM - 4:30 PM6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Note that the end time of each session is when all visits must be completed. Visitors under eighteen years old have to be accompanied by an adult. Visitors thirteen years old and younger do not need identification.
Also note that no more than three (3) people may visit at one time. Anyone older than one (1) year old qualifies as a visitor. Visitors may not use cell phones during visits.
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.
The jail provides lockers to store personal belongings. 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 "du-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 fifty (50) 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.
CCDC inmates are allowed to receive snail mail. The mailing address is:
Inmate Name, Inmate Identification Number 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:
- Stamps that are not canceled; stationery or cards that are blank; envelopes that are not addressed to the person in custody.
- Any kind of pornographic material as well as photographs depicting nude, partly nude, or sexually graphic images.
- Literature considered obscene.
- Any item that may be considered a health hazard.
- Any cards, letters, or photographs that are affixed together by glue, tape or staples; letters may not be written with metallic ink pens.
- 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.
- 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.
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 1-866-232-1899 or go online to www.touchpaydirect.com. Note that fees do apply:
|Transaction Amount||Credit Card Transaction Fees|
$0 - $20
$2.95, plus 3.5% of deposit
$20.01 - $100
$3.95, plus 3.5% of deposit
$100.01 - $200
$4.95, plus 3.5% of deposit
Bring the cash to the jail's kiosk at 330 S. Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Know the inmate's name and ID # and the CCDC Facility number, 289101. Transactions usually post within 15 minutes but can take a whole day. Note that fees do apply:
Cash Only Transaction Fees
$0 - $20
$20.01 - $100
$100.01 - $200
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 in permanent housing may not release funds in their account to an individual or private party. However, they may release funds to a business or legal entity.
Meanwhile, CCDC inmates in booking may release funds from their account to an outside person, business, or legal entity.
All money releases to an outside person have to be held for 24 hours before the funds are released.
Funds can only be released Monday - Friday from 7:00 am to 3:45 pm, excluding holidays.
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.
The Las Vegas Jail has a commissary, which is a general store where persons in custody may buy items through a catalog. The commissary makes a delivery once a week, depending on where the inmate is housed:
|Location of CCDC Inmate||Times Commissary Delivers|
|*Check the CCDC website for the inmate's location||*Days are subject to change|
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.
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. There is a $50 filing fee that must accompany the bond payment. The procedure for paying bail differs depending on whether the person in custody's case is in Las Vegas Justice Court or in Clark County District Court.
How to post bail at Las Vegas Justice Court:
- In person inside The Clark County Detention Center to the right to of the "Visiting and Information Booth" at the PRETRIAL SERVICES Bail Bond Window; Open 8:00 A.M. to Midnight, 7 days a week.
- Cash full and exact amount up to $10,000
- Visa and Mastercard up to $10,000
- Cashier's check or money order payable to Las Vegas Justice Court (include inmate's name & ID number)
- Western Union Quick Collect: Pay to JUSTICE COURT, Code City: LV TOWNSHIP State: NV
- Personal checks not accepted
How to post bail at Clark County District Court:
- Proceed to The Regional Justice Center across from The Clark County Detention Center on Casino Center Blvd and Lewis. Bail will be accepted during normal business hours of 8:00 A.M and 5:00 P.M.Cashier's check or money order payable to CLERK OF THE COURT (include the inmate's name and ID number)
- Personal checks not accepted
To pay after hours with cash, proceed to Pre Trial Service inside the Clark County Detention Center to the right and down the hall.
Note that child support bail is payable by cash only.
For more information on bailing out an inmate at the CCDC, go to our article on bailing out an inmate at the CCDC or contact Pre Trial Services at (702) 671-3285.
Visit the Clark County Detention Center's webpage on bailing procedures. For more information, contact Pre Trial Services (702) 671-3285.
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.
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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