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Nevada State Prison

Jack's Bar, state prison among Preserve Nevada's list of most endangered places

Using the model of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preserve Nevada has released its biannual “Most Endangered Places list” with the Nevada State Prison, Governor John Jones House, Jack's Bar and the First Presbyterian Church among threatened Carson City landmarks.

In honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration, the non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Nevada’s cultural, historical, and archeological heritage, has selected more than 150 locations across the state to promote. Each site was identified as a preservation success, loss, or endangered location.

Nevada Prison Preservation Society achieves nonprofit status

The IRS has conferred nonprofit status on the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society, a significant step in the group’s effort to save the historic structure. The first donation to NSPPS under its designation as a public charity was made this week by Carson City Assemblyman Pete Livermore.

Livermore’s legislation in 2013 set the stage for planning by state agencies on the 152-year-old prison’s future as a historic site and museum, as well as possible uses for other buildings on the property.

Candidates for Nevada Legislature seats representing Carson City talk taxes, education funding

Four Nevada legislative candidates who hope to represent Carson City took to the microphone Wednesday night at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce candidate forum.

Each touted their qualifications, noting their conservative credentials and their commitment as Republicans to tackle a legislative body dominated by southern Nevada Democrats.

It's Your City with Carson City Supervisor Karen Abowd

Carson City Supervisor Karen Abowd gives a recap on the actions taken by the Board of Supervisors at its April 17, 2014 meeting.

At the meeting Supervisors again approved an ordinance allowing for a 1/8-cent sales tax for public infrastructure projects including:

Escape From Prison Hill Trail 1/2 Marathon & 10K

View from the EFPH race route
Event Date: 
April 19, 2014 (All day)

It's back and better than ever: the 2014 edition of the Escape From Prison Hill trail half marathon and 10K races!The Escape from Prison Hill Half Marathon and 10K in Carson City, Nevada, is happening on Saturday, April 19. The Escape from Prison Hill Half Marathon is a challenging trail run with great views of the Sierra Nevada, Nevada valleys, and the Nevada State Prison! The 10K packs the same views and less-challenging terrain in a shorter distance. 

Carson City Supervisor Brad Bonkowski addresses Empire Ranch Golf Course issue

There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding Carson City’s possible future involvement with the Empire Ranch Golf Course. I have heard and read many inaccurate statements regarding what actions, if any, the city might take in regards to the course. I want to help clear that up, and address the facts as I understand them.

Proposed 20/20 Group Compromise

Let's ignore the 80/800 group of businesses in Carson City, for the moment, and consider meeting the 20/20 group in a compromise over the sales tax increase to pay for their proposed ten million dollar corridor improvements. Why not have them put up half the money of $5 Million ($250K each) and the city can match their investment for the remaining half? Let's all compromise and meet them halfway. If they are willing to put up their money, where our taxes are to be spent, then let hear it for compromise.

The story behind the giant footprints at Nevada State Prison

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The story behind the giant footprints found at Nevada State Prison will be told Feb. 20 by paleontologist Gene Hattori.

Hattori, curator of anthropology and state paleontologist at Nevada State Museum, will be the featured speaker in the third lecture of a Nevada Sesquicentennial series sponsored by the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society.
His talk, “Fossils at Nevada State Prison,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Silver Oak Executive Conference Center, 1251 Country Club Drive, Carson City. It is free and open to the public.

'My First Day in Prison' featured Jan. 22 at Nevada State Prison Preservation Society talk

CARSON CITY, Nev. — How was your first day in prison? That’s what E.K. McDaniel and Glen Whorton will describe at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Carson Nugget.

Of course, McDaniel and Whorton were able to go home after their first day — because they worked for the Department of Corrections. And both had many days after that to learn the unique job of working on the inside.
Their talk on "My First Day in Prison" is free and open to the public.

Care Flight called after pedestrian struck by vehicle near Koontz and Edmonds

Care Flight was called to an accident Sunday night involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Koontz and Edmonds in Carson City.

Great and not so great escapes from Nevada State Prison featured at Oct. 16 talk

Event Date: 
October 16, 2013 - 6:30pm

One escape from Nevada State Prison fits the category of “great.” Most of the others, not so much. Glen Whorton, former director of the Nevada Department of Corrections, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Silver Oak Executive Conference Center in Carson City on “Great and not so great escapes from Nevada State Prison.”

His talk is free and open to the public. It is the first in a monthly series of presentations by the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society on the history of the 151-year-old prison.

Nevada State Prison history lecture set for August 15

Event Date: 
August 15, 2013 - 6:00pm

CARSON CITY — A bloody palm print, footprints of monster men, the nation's first legal lethal gas chamber — all of this and more are at the heart of the Nevada State Prison story.

Find out about these nuggets of history by attending a free lecture entitled "Nevada State Prison: A History" on Thursday, August 15, at 6 p.m. Jennifer E. Riddle, Sena M. Loyd, and Stacy L. Branham, co-authors along with Curt Thomas of the recently published book, "Nevada State Prison," will be making the presentation.

Livermore legislation signed by Gov. Sandoval to preserve Nevada State Prison for tourism

Assemblyman Pete Livermore, Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell and members of the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society assembled late Tuesday afternoon to witness Gov. Brian Sandoval sign off on the recommendation to study the feasibility of turning the historic prison into a visitor's museum/attraction.

Solitary Confinement on Nevada Inmates Could Be Limited

The use of solitary confinement in Nevada prisons could come under closer scrutiny if a senate bill regulating use of the practice passes the state legislature.

Senate Bill 107 would limit the use of solitary confinement on Nevada inmates, removing the ability to use isolation as a punishment and limiting the amount of time spent in solitary confinement. According to Nevada Department of Corrections information, Nevada has more than 300 inmates in ‘maximum’ custody, which is about two percent of the state’s prison population.

Watch it Live: Carson City Board of Supervisors

The Carson City Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting today beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room of the Community Center, 851 East William. Go here for the agenda and here to watch it live.

Carson City Cultural Commission favors public art funds, state prison preservation

City government financial support for public art and a bid to preserve the Nevada State Prison both won backing from Carson City’s Cultural Commission Tuesday.

Nevada State Prison in Carson City could become museum

The 150-year-old Nevada State Prison in Carson CIty has been gathering cobwebs since it closed Jan. 4. And in a state without funds for anything new, its destiny might be a wrecking ball.
But there is a glimmer of hope that the capital city icon can be saved.

The only Nevadan ever nominated for president

The murder trial of Morris Rockwood Preston and Joseph William Smith was among the most controversial events in early 20th century Nevada and made national news. The courtroom drama pitted labor union radicals against the Goldfield corporate establishment led by powerful mine owner George Wingfield. Preston would be nominated for president of the United States in 1908 while incarcerated in the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

Nevada State Prison Preservation Society seeks new members

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada State Prison Preservation Society is now accepting memberships from people who want to be among the early pioneers of an effort to create a museum and tours of the state’s oldest prison.
Anyone interested in joining NSPPS is encouraged to attend a general-membership meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Ormsby Room of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, 911 E. Musser St., Carson City.

Nevada State Prison has lengthy history of escapes, a presidential nomination and executions

After 150 years, the Nevada State Prison is now a ghost town. By the time Nevada became a territory in 1861 the need for a place to house those who broke the law was glaringly apparent and it fell to the first territorial legislature was to establish a state prison.
Abraham Curry, father of Carson City, owned and operated the Warm Springs Hotel on land located east of the capital city and readily provided a meeting place for the new governing body.

Jobs found for all officers of closed Nevada State Prison

CARSON CITY - Jobs have been found for all the correctional officers laid off when the 150-year-old Nevada State Prison closed in January.

Group pushes to turn Nevada prison into museum

A group of activists hopes to turn Carson City's historic, now-shuttered Nevada State Prison into a museum and tourist attraction akin to Alcatraz.

Nevada State Prison decommissioned

CARSON CITY- Retired Correctional Officer Warren Maxim stood by the Nevada State Prison on Friday and remembered Valentine's Day in 1981 when inmate Patrick McKenna suddenly pointed a gun at his face.

Decommissioning ceremony today at Nevada State Prison

Gov. Brian Sandoval will speak at a decommissioning ceremony at Nevada State Prison at 11 a.m. today.

The Nevada State Prison operated for 150 years until the last inmates were moved out in January due to the state's budget constraints.

The public is invited to the event, and urged to bring cameras.

Public invited to tour shuttered Nevada State Prison at decommissioning

People will get a chance to tour the cell house, yard and, probably, the execution chamber at a ceremony on May 18 to formally bid farewell to the shuttered Nevada State Prison.

Editor's Note: Below is a video I shot of of the death chamber back in 2006:

License plate factory to do more time in closed prison

State Corrections Director Greg Cox said Friday he will not move the license plate factory out of the closed Nevada State Prison to another site before July 1, 2013.

Book Launch: Nevada State Prison

Event Date: 
March 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

CARSON CITY, NEVADA-Carson City Library will present the official book launch of Nevada State Prison, published by Arcadia Publishing and to be released on Monday, March 26th, at 6:00 p.m. The authors of this book include Jennifer E. Riddle, an archaeologist; Sena M. Loyd, a research librarian; and Stacy L. Branham and Curt Thomas, officers of the Nevada State Prison.

Prison Could Become Museum

Several Carson City residents are hoping to see the historic Nevada State Prison become a museum. The one-hundred-fifty-year-old prison was closed last month to save money.

"If you can do it in Germany, Rome and Greece and save historical monuments over there and millions of people travel over there maybe we should do a little bit here and start marketing Carson City," Myron Carpenter said.

The end of an era: Final inmates leave Nevada State Prison

The final half-dozen inmates loaded up their possessions Monday and moved out of the old Nevada State Prison in Carson City, with at least one of them making it clear he would rather stay.

Officers bid farewell to state prison

Correctional officers hugged each other, shouted "goodbye NSP" and shed tears as they trudged out of the Nevada State Prison for the last time Wednesday afternoon.

For 150 years, inmates have been housed in the sandstone prison, about two miles east of the Capitol, that opened two years before Nevada obtained statehood. That legacy will end Thursday when the final seven inmates are moved to other prisons, said a correctional officer who declined to give his name.

"It's over," the officer said. "We're done."

Carson City free daily news summary for Dec. 16

The state's Interim Finance Committee questioned Corrections Director Greg Cox over contradictory plans for running the license plate shop at the Nevada State Prison once the facility closes down. The original plan was for the shop to stay where it is and be run by minimum security inmates. But Cox had also been looking at moving the plant to either the Northern Nevada Correctional Center on the south side of Carson City, or to High Desert State Prison near Las Vegas. He said they didn't currently have the money to make that move.

The IFC also got the final $521,904 bill for the special election to fill Nevada's Second Congressional District seat after Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Dean Heller to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Ensign.

The IFC also approved funding for 20 of the 30 new positions for the Department of Motor Vehicles approved by the 2011 Legislature. The new positions are supposed to help cut the wait time at DMV offices, which have increased since 85 positions were eliminated due to budget cuts.


A coalition of organizations is urging the Attorney General's office to reject a multi-state settlement with the banking industry over allegations of widespread falsifying loan documents and other wrongdoing in the wake of the mortgage foreclosure crisis. New York and California have already signaled that they will not sign onto the agreement, and the Attorneys General of Nevada and California recently announced that they will work together to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by the banks.


The Carson City Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNR to work together to operate the city's Business Resource Innovation Center, under the leadership of its new director Michael Salogga.

Even with prison's closing, state can't find a way to save money

A few hundred prisoners get transferred to other facilities from the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, one of the oldest in the West. Most of the employees have found work at those other correctional facilities, though as many as 13 guards -- who won't or can't move the 100 miles to the nearest similar facility, in Lovelock -- may be laid off, qualifying them for unemployment come January.

What's the big deal?...

Union leader says Gov. Sandoval was caught off guard on Nevada State Prison closure plan

Gov. Brian Sandoval should have stopped the Department of Corrections from running up a $2.5 million deficit and moving to close the Nevada State Prison three months ahead of a legislative requirement, a union leader said Tuesday.

Vishnu Subramaniam, chief of staff for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 4041, said it is apparent that Sandoval was caught off guard until a Monday meeting where it was reported that the Corrections Department incurred $2.5 million in unbudgeted overtime in the July-through-September quarter.

He also said Sandoval had no idea that Corrections Director Greg Cox was moving to close the 144-year-old prison on Jan. 9 despite a legislative directive to close it April 1.

Costs for closing aging Nevada prison rise

Closing the aging Nevada State Prison in Carson City has cost at least $2.5 million in unfunded overtime at other prisons that are footing the bill for personnel while trying to cover unfilled positions at their own facilities, state prison commissioners were told Monday.

Greg Cox, head of the corrections department, said positions at other prisons where inmates will be moved have been left vacant until the state prison closes in April. But paying for NSP staff has come at the expense of other facilities.

Last inmates to leave Nevada State Prison next month

The aging Nevada State Prison will be emptied of its last 140 inmates and 73 staff members on Jan. 9, nearly three months before the closure date authorized by legislators, the state's top prison official said Monday.

Corrections Director Greg Cox told the state Board of Prison Commissioners that he has followed the intent of the legislators who were concerned about prison workers losing their jobs unnecessarily. He said jobs will be found in other prisons for most staff members who want them.

Commission to discuss Nevada State Prison closure today

The state Board of Prison Commissioners meets today in Carson City, and on their agenda is a report on the progress in closing of Nevada State Prison.

This local landmark dates back to the 1860s, but the old facility was put on the chopping block by lawmakers earlier this year. Gov. Brian Sandoval wanted to close it by October, but the legislature extended its last days until April. Inmates and staff have been moved to other institutions, and as of last week, there were only 139 inmates left, down from 700.

Prisoners near Las Vegas to start stamping out license plates

By Cy Ryan CARSON CITY — Since 1928, inmates at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City have been turning out license plates — up to 1 million a ...

Probation revoked in credit card fraud

Probation was revoked Monday for a 30-year-old Carson City woman with multiple violations including failure to make restitution for credit card fraud totaling $2,400.

District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered Tibbi Z. Way to serve 32 months in Nevada State Prison, and gave her credit for 92 days in custody.

Historic Nevada prison reducing inmates, staff

AP The number of inmates at Nevada State Prison in Carson City is almost a quarter of its peak population as officials prepare to close the facility early ...

Nevada State Prison down to just over 200 inmates

Historic Nevada State Prison is now down to just over a quarter of the number of inmates it held at its peak population as prison officials continue the process of closing it for good.Corrections s...

Inmates lose PlayStations for using them as XXX-Boxes

A pilot program allowing inmates to use PlayStations at Nevada State Prison has come to an abrupt end after inmates were caught using them to play pornographic movies -- and a group of prisoners is...

Union: Prison closing is ahead of schedule

Union members are objecting to what they say are plans to shutter the old Nevada State Prison months ahead of the deadline set by the 2011 Legislature.Prison spokesman Steve Suwe denied that, sayin...

Court upholds prison ban on erotic publications

By Cy Ryan Carson City — A federal appeals court has upheld the right of the Nevada State Prison to ban sexually explicit publications to the ...

Delaying NSP closure will cost $2.35 million

Delaying the closure of Nevada State Prison until the end of April 2012 will cost the state about $2.35 million more than shuttering it by October.The six-month delay was suggested by Senate Majori...

Legislative committees vote to close Nevada State Prison in April 2012

Nevada State Prison in Carson City is slated to close in April 2012, 150 years after it first opened.

The Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee voted Saturday to close Nevada State Prison next year to save the state $17 million. Most of the inmates and staff will be transfered to other facilities, but approximately 30 employees will lose their jobs. The Las Vegas Sun has the details.

Correction officers host a car wash fundraiser

A car wash fundraiser at Nevada State Prison May 7 will benefit a Carson City mother whose two children died as a result of a car accident April 22. Nevada Department of Corrections Senior Officer ...

Correctional officers call for prisons audit

The head of the Nevada Corrections Association has called for an audit of the Nevada Department of Corrections over the plan to shut down Nevada State Prison in Carson City.Gene Columbus sent a let...

Correctional officers call for prisons audit

The head of the Nevada Corrections Association has called for an audit of the Nevada Department of Corrections over the plan to shut down Nevada State Prison in Carson City.Gene Columbus sent a ...

Care Flight responds to accident this morning near Fairview in Carson City

An accident about 7:45 this morning had traffic tied up along Fairview and 5th Street in Carson City. Care Flight transported one patient to Renown Medical Center in Reno.
Traffic along Edmonds, Fairview and 5th Street was halted as Care Flight landed near the Nevada State Prison.
The vehicles involved in the accident received major damage, according to authorities at the scene.

State Board Again Delays Action On Closing Nevada State Prison Over Governor’s Objections

CARSON CITY – With Gov. Jim Gibbons dissenting, the Board of Prisons yesterday delayed action on a proposal to close Nevada State Prison, meaning it will continue to operate for at least the next several weeks.

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