Washoe County Detention Facility – Reno, NV

Washoe County Detention Facility is in Washoe County, Nevada and is the correctional facility for this area. Know someone incarcerated at Washoe County Detention Facility? This site will tell you about everything one might want to know about Washoe County Detention Facility,like the following: Find an inmate at Washoe County Detention Facility. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Washoe County Detention Facility intake procedures. Washoe County court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you info that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Washoe County Detention Facility
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 775-328-3001
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to look up who is in jail at Washoe County Detention Facility you need to click on their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Washoe County Detention Facility Inmate Lookup is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to get the same information about anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you should check the other Nevada county jails in our Nevada County Jail Guide: Nevada County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is a photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found online, or you can see them in person at the Washoe County Detention Facility. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the person’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Washoe County Detention Facility website? This is difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is determined by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, inmates can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you miss court, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Washoe County Detention Facility website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Washoe County

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you have to answer some questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Can you tell us secrets that might help others get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get released from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you post bail, the sooner you will be released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must determine your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring approved items with you, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list each visitor’s full name to the jail. This information will be entered into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
The Washoe County Detention Facility visitation procedures are always changing, so make sure that you check the official Washoe County Detention Facility jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Washoe County Detention Facility phone number is: 775-328-3001

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You should print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail a box or package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Washoe County Detention Facility, use this address:

Washoe County Detention Facility
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washoe County Detention Facility
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV 89512


The mail policy at Washoe County Detention Facility is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, visit: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the Nevada State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law in Nevada.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the Washoe County website, or at the Washoe County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Washoe County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents associated with your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Washoe County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your case. Magistrates do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will review when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you should query the Washoe County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records on the Washoe County jail website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Washoe County jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Washoe County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not get the actual address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t find out if that person had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Washoe County,the Washoe County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Washoe County jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Washoe County Detention Facility, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Washoe County Detention Facility uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to someone in jail changes, so you should review the the Washoe County Detention Facility website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Washoe County Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Washoe County Detention Facility, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Washoe County Detention Facility

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Write about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Click here to write your review of Washoe County Detention Facility

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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