Southern Desert – Nevada

Do you know somebody locked up in Southern Desert?  Southern Desert is a correctional institution in the state prison system in Nevada.  This site will tell you about everything you might want to know about Southern Desert,like the following:  How to locate an inmate.  How to visit Southern Desert inmates.  The address and phone number at Southern Desert  How to send mail and money to an inmate.  And much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Southern Desert
Year Opened: 1989
State: Nevada
DOC: Nevada Department of Corrections
Security Level: medium
Warden Name: Brian E. Williams Sr.,

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Contact Information

Here you have the street address and mailing address for Southern Desert. Use the mailing address if you are sending a package or letter to a prisoner there, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of Southern Desert.

Mailing Address

You should also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading on this page if you are going to send something to an inmate so that you properly address the letter or package, and follow the right steps for mailing a package or letter. If you do not follow the appropriate protocol, the package or letter could not get delivered.

Southern Desert
P.O. Box 208 
Indian Springs NV, 89070-0208

Street Address / Prison Location


Southern Desert
20825 Cold Creek Road 
Indian Springs NV, 89070

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (702) 879-3800

Map and Directions

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Use this address if you plan to visit an inmate. Make sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below if you are going to try to visit someone in prison.

Southern Desert
20825 Cold Creek Road 
Indian Springs NV, 89070


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Phone Number

Southern Desert inmates don’t have telephones, so you can’t call the inmate, however, there are some times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to Southern Desert.
(702) 879-3800

Southern Desert prisoners may be able to make calls with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have faxes, so you won’t get to send a fax to prisoners, but there might be times when it may be useful to have the fax number to the prison.

Email Address

This email address is the main email address for Southern Desert. You won’t be able to reach individuals using this email address. If you need to send an email to a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email heading on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 2106
Total Staff: 192

Inmate Email

To email a letter to a prisoner at Southern Desert you must follow an specific process to make sure that the email is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

State prisoners don’t have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain protocols that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then the mail might not get delivered.

before you send a letter or package, make sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison staff do open and read and inspect all received general packages and mail. Incoming general correspondence may be read as frequently as deemed necessary to keep security and safety or watch any problems having to do with any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the correct format for how you have to address mail to a state prisoner at Southern Desert:

Southern Desert
P.O. Box 208 
Indian Springs NV, 89070-0208

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Inmate Money

Every state prison has a Commissary that was created to provide prisoners a bank type account for inmate money and for purchasing things not issued regularly by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people may add funds to these accounts with the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can to send inmates money in the postal service and have to send funds to this address and follow the rules given below:

The funds have to be a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold, in which the prisoner will not have access to the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will send back money orders that do not have valid inmate info but only if the envelope you sent it in has a valid return address. Checks and cash cannot be deposited to the inmate’s account so don’t send any cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

Inmates are often changed to various prison facilities throughout the Nevada prison system, so you may have to locate the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to locate an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Nevada state prisons: Nevada State Prisons

Nevada Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Southern Desert, be sure that you know the following information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Special Visits–Are immediate family members only and may occur up to four times and only if:
That family member has yet to be added to the inmates Visiting List.
Visitor is arriving from Out-of-State (or 3hrs. or more from the facility)
Inmates are only allowed to visit one time during each a.m./p.m. session (unless a Special Visit has been approved)
Morning check in: 6:30 am to 9:00 am – Afternoon check in: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Visiting ends at 3:00 pm
All General Population Units:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 7:00 am to 10:30 am & 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Administrative & Disciplinary Segregation:

1st Monday of every month – 6:30 am to 10:30 am and 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every correctional facility in Nevada has their own procedures for prisoner visitation and these rules are changed regularly. The procedures listed here might be changed now, so make sure to also go to Southern Desert’s website to read the most up to date visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance guard ensures every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log before they enter the prison and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Photo ID of visitors is required. Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state photo id is OK.

For all of the things listed below, check out the main correctional facility website because this info is changed often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Section about Southern Desert prison records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Section about Southern Desert death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


More information about Nevada parole process to be added later.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about release procedures for Southern Desert coming soon.

Inmate Programs

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, Communications, Toastmasters, Gang Awareness, Addiction Prevention Education, Conflict Resolution, Victim Empathy, Commitment to Change, SOS Help for Emotions, Thinking for Change, Project Metamorphosis, relationships, Sex offender Treatment Stress and Anxiety management. Additionally, Southern Desert offers “New Beginnings” a re-entry, Horticulture and Pesticide Application in cooperation with University of Nevada – Las Vegas and Forklift Certification and OSHA Certification in cooperation with the local Teamsters Union. SDCC offers “OASIS” a therapeutic community and “LEaP” an intensive programming unit. Religious services and activities for all denominations are available, and the “7 course Meal for the Soul Program” was recently added.
Southern Desert also has its own medical and mental health staff serving the inmate population.

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Prison Life

Section about life at Southern Desert to be added later.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A section on news at Southern Desert coming soon.


Southern Desert photos coming.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Southern Desert
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Southern Desert.

If you have any photos of Southern Desert that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a correctional facility job? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in your previous job?

If so, click here: Southern Desert Jobs

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The official website: Southern Desert Website

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:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have 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.

Click here to share your story

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Family Resources

Details about resources for family members of inmates at Southern Desert coming soon.


Southern Desert history will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Famous Southern Desert inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Nevada State Prisons: Nevada State Prisons

Southern Desert Links

The official website: Southern Desert Website
Southern Desert Jobs

Nevada Department of Corrections Links

Nevada Department of Corrections Main Website
Nevada Department of Corrections Prison Directory
Nevada Department of Corrections Prison Map
Nevada Department of Corrections Prison Jobs
Nevada Department of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Nevada Department of Corrections Most Wanted

Nevada Department of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Nevada State Prison Inmate
JPay Services for Nevada State Prison Inmates
Sending Mail to Nevada State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Nevada State Prison Inmates
Nevada State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Southern Desert

Have you ever been an inmate in Southern Desert? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Southern Desert?

If you have, then you should write your review about it. Write down your prison experience because others can learn what to expect.

Things you might want to include in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Facility layout and facility
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are currently incarcerated here, leave your mailing address if you want to receive letters from people.

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