NRS 211.090 thru 211.110 – Overview of the Policies Associated with Branch County Jails in Nevada

Nevada law requires each county to have its own jail, pursuant to NRS 211.010, but NRS 277.180 established that counties have the discretionary authority to make a cooperative agreement between themselves to share a jail if need be. Sometimes a county doesn’t have a large enough population for its own jail,  however, at other times, one jail per county isn’t enough.

Sometimes, an additional county jail is necessary for housing a particular group of people – juveniles, for instance. One county jail houses so many inmates that it separates the women and men between two different facilities.

These circumstances are where branch county jails come into play. A branch county jail is an extra jail that branches off of the main jail, according to NRS 211.090.


Nevada branch county jails are placed within the same county, true, but they must be placed within a different township than the one that the main jail is located.

Main county jails, by law, do not have to be located around the Sheriff’s Office that is near the county seat. The board of county commissioners can choose a different location for the main county jail if they decide a different location would be better suited. Therefore, the branch county jail may even be placed at the county seat.

Work for the Inmates

The prisoners may be had to work on the county roads where the jail is located. This decision is up to the board of county commissioners.

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Historic Branch County Jail in Gardnerville

Garnerville, Nevada was several miles from Genoa, the county seat of Douglas County where the only jail was located. Because of this, the citizens of Garnerville were keeping their prisoners in the local judge’s granary, which was not a suitable place for homing prisoners. Garnerville petitioned Douglas County to let them build their own jail due to the dilemma, and Douglas County finally allowed it.

In 1910, before the construction crew completed building the Garnerville Branch Jail, the county jail in Genoa burned down. Because of this turn of events, Garnerville Branch Jail ended up housing prisoners before it was finished and also ended up being Douglas County’s sole jail until 1915. It was then that Minden, the new county seat was finally able to open it’s a new jail, which then became the main jail, and Gardnerville officially became a branch county jail once again.

Current Branch County Jails

Out of the sixteen counties and one independent city in the state of Nevada, there are only a few that have county branch jails or even need them. For the smaller counties, one jail is sufficient. A few of the jails listed with their main jails are:


Tonopah Jail

Address: Nye County Detention Center – 101 Radar Rd, Tonopah, NV 89049

Phone: (775) 482-7358

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Pahrump Jail

Address: 1520 E Basin Road, Pahrump, NV 89060

Phone: (775) 553-2345

Beatty Jail

Address: Sheriff’s Office Substation – 426 C Ave S, Beatty, NV 89003
Phone: (775) 553-2345


Clark County Detention Center (CCDC)

Address: 330 South Casino Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Phone: (702) 671-3900

Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center

Address: 4370 Smiley Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89115

Phone (702) 668-7200

Henderson Jail (Henderson Detention Center)

Address: 18 E Basic Rd, Henderson, NV 89015

Phone: (702) 267-5245

North Las Vegas Jail (North Las Vegas Detention Center)

Address: 2332 Las Vegas BLVD N, Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89030

Phone: (702) 633-1400

Mesquite Jail (Mesquite Detention Center)

Address: 500 Hillside Dr, Mesquite, NV 89027
Phone: (702) 346-6925

Laughlin Jail (Tucker Holding Facility)

Address: 101 Civic Drive, Laughlin, NV 89029
Phone: (702) 298-3460


Washoe Jail (Reno Jail or Washoe Detention Facility)

Address: 911 E Parr BLVD, Reno, NV 89512
Phone: (775) 328-3062

Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center

Address: 650 Ferrari-McLeod BLVD, Reno, NV 8912
Phone: (775) 325-7810


Douglas County Minden Jail

Address: 1625 Water Street, Minden, NV 89423
Phone: (775) 782-9921

Douglas County Lake Tahoe Jail

Address: 175 Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449
Phone: (775) 586-7265


Elko Jail

Address: 775 West Silver St, Elko, NV 89801
Phone: (775) 777-2530

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