Has someone you care about been arrested in Las Vegas, Henderson, or somewhere else in Clark County? Read this article to learn how you can find this valuable information by searching various online databases. If you'd rather have help from a criminal defense attorney to find out where your loved one has been taken, skip reading this article and call or text me now.
Locating people who have been arrested.
If someone you know has recently been arrested, you will want to get all the information you can as soon as possible. The first step is going to be finding out where the person is being held. Some of this is going to involve guesswork on your part, so below I will give information about the various temporary holding facilities in Southern Nevada. When I say "temporary holding facilities," I mean jails as opposed to prisons. Most people don't know the difference between jails and prisons, and use the terms interchangeably. For the most part, you should think of jail as the place you go when you are charged with a crime (but not have been convicted and sentenced), and prison as the place you go if you have been convicted of a felony and the judge sentences you to a term of incarceration more than one year. However, you should also keep in mind that you can be sentenced to do jail time in a temporary facility if you are convicted of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor. The following is a list of temporary holding facilities in Southern Nevada. Click the name of the jail for the website where you can search for current inmates.
Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) houses people charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes in Las Vegas. It is located in downtown Las Vegas at 330 South Casino Center Boulevard, behind the Regional Justice Center (the big state courthouse). There is also an overflow facility for CCDC called CCDC North Valley Complex located at 4900 North Sloan Lane in North Las Vegas, about a half hour drive going north on Las Vegas Boulevard from the primary CCDC location.
People housed in CCDC frequently include people charged with misdemeanor DUI and domestic violence charges that allegedly occurred in the unincorporated parts of Las Vegas and other outlying parts of Clark County. People charged with DUI and domestic violence that allegedly occurred in the City of Las Vegas proper (like the Las Vegas Strip) will be taken to a different facility—City of Las Vegas Detention Center. Read about that jail below. Soliciting prostitution suspects in Las Vegas will always be taken to CCDC.
CCDC houses anyone charged with a felony criminal offense in Las Vegas. Common felony offenses in Las Vegas include possession of a controlled substance, "trick rolls," "bait purse" thefts, casino cheating, and third offense domestic violence.
CCDC also houses people who have been picked up on alleged probation violations. If the person you are looking for has a probation officer with whom he is supposed to check in, and now that person has disappeared, he might be in CCDC on an alleged probation violation (which can include picking up new criminal charges, failing a drug test, or failing to report to the Department of Parole and Probation).
CCDC only houses people arrested on state or county charges. People who are charged with federal crimes may be located elsewhere, including Henderson Detention Center and Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump, Nevada. Read about these facilities in the sections below.
If you're having trouble finding a person in CCDC's database, before you decide they are not there and try another facility, keep in mind the following search tips. When searching, make sure to input the person's last name first, and make sure to spell the name correctly. You will get no results if you include a wrong letter. However, if you only know a few letters of the person's last name for sure, input those to get a list of inmate names that start with those letters. For instance, if you input "JO," the database will give you results for inmates with the last names "JONES" and "JOHNSON" (and many other names beginning "JO"). The CCDC database is not "case sensitive," meaning that it doesn't matter whether you use capital or lowercase letters.
Keep in mind that a person may have been booked into jail under an alias (including former or maiden names), and that inmates' names are sometimes misspelled by CCDC's booking department. One of the most common misspellings for CCDC inmates is the omission of a hyphen in the inmate's name. So for instance, "RODRIGUEZ-FLORES" might be in CCDC under the name "RODRIGUEZFLORES." In a similar vein, the database doesn't use apostrophes, so a name like "O'BRIEN" will be in the system as "OBRIEN." Searching "O'OBRIEN" will yield no results.
To review, search the CCDC inmate database if the person you are looking for was arrested on a felony charge or certain misdemeanors in Las Vegas. If you have followed the above search tips and still can't find the inmate you're looking for, the person might be in another facility. Read about these below, or just call me now at the number on my website banner (702-580-4936) if you're getting too frustrated.
City of Las Vegas Detention Center
City of Las Vegas Detention Center (City Jail) primarily houses people charged with misdemeanor crimes in Las Vegas, within city limits. This frequently includes domestic violence, DUI, City of Las Vegas traffic warrants, and misdemeanor drug charges that occurred in Las Vegas casinos or elsewhere on the Las Vegas Strip. Again, if the person you're looking for was arrested on a felony charge in Las Vegas, he will not be in City Jail. However, there is one circumstance where a person could be in City Jail on a felony. Read below.
City of Las Vegas Detention Center also houses inmates charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes in North Las Vegas, because there is currently no North Las Vegas Detention Center. Therefore, if the person you're looking for was arrested in North Las Vegas, then the person is probably in the City of Las Vegas Jail, whether the charge is a felony or misdemeanor.
Las Vegas City Jail is located at 3300 Stewart Avenue in Las Vegas (Stewart Avenue between Mojave Road and North Pecos Road). The closest freeway exit is the Eastern exit on US95/93/515.
When using the City of Las Vegas inmate database, keep in mind the search tips I gave in the section above for the CCDC database. All the same rules apply to the City Jail Database.
City of Henderson Detention Center houses inmates charged with felony or misdemeanor crimes in the City of Henderson, whether those inmates will eventually be charged in Henderson Justice Court or Henderson Municipal Court.
Henderson Detention Center also houses some inmates who have been charged with federal crimes. Most federal inmates are housed at a different facility in Pahrump, Nevada. This facility is discussed in a section below.
Mostly, the federal criminal defendants in Henderson Detention Center are those who have immigration holds. If a person has been arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") and is likely facing removal proceedings, then the person is probably in Henderson Detention Center.
Henderson Detention Center is located at 243 South Water Street in downtown Henderson. It is accessible via the US 95 (Lake Mead exit) or the 215 South, which eventually becomes Lake Mead.
If you're searching for an inmate in Henderson Detention Center's online database, you will need to click through a disclaimer page first. Then keep in mind the database search tips I've written about in the CCDC section above.
The Nevada Southern Detention Center is located north of Las Vegas in Pahrump, Nevada. It houses inmates charged with federal crimes. This facility is run by a private prison company called the Corrections Corporation of America ("CCA"). This facility has no online database, so you can't do an online search for an inmate. Instead, you have to call this number: 775-751-4500. If a person has been arrested on a federal charge but has not made an appearance in court yet, the person may not be in Pahrump yet. Instead, the person may be temporarily housed in the US Marshal Service lockup located on the second floor of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse at 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South. However, there is no online database to search for people in the US Marshal lockup awaiting a court appearance in federal court. For more information about federal charges, give me a call.
Other Jails in Clark County
There are other temporary detention facilities in Clark County Nevada, including Mesquite Detention Center and Laughlin Jail ("Tucker Holding Facility"), but none of these have online databases. People housed temporarily in these facilities will eventually be transported to CCDC, except for those charged with misdemeanor crimes in Mesquite Municipal Court.
I often tell my clients and their families, who are frequently overwhelmed by the idea of fighting criminal charges, that the only way to handle the situation is to take it one step at a time.
You will want to look into bail options. In many cases, bailing a person out of jail as soon as possible is the best bet, if you can afford it. There are over 100 bail bonds companies located in Las Vegas and throughout Clark County, Nevada. These include Mr. Lucky Bail Bonds, eBail, Godfather's Bail Bonds, and Bail King, among many others.
Also, if you have located the person you are looking for and you want to be able to receive calls from that person, you should set up an account for that purpose. If the person is in Las Vegas City Jail or CCDC, you will need to set up a phone account with IC Solutions. If the person is in Henderson Detention Center, you will need to set up an account with Securus Technologies. For federal inmates in Pahrump, you can set up an account by calling 1-800-849-6081 and then visiting the Customer Service of America website.
Whether or not you've found the inmate you're looking for, you are going to want to contact a criminal defense attorney. As a criminal defense attorney practicing in Las Vegas and throughout Southern Nevada since 2007, I can answer your questions and possibly alleviate some of your fears. So call or text right now for a free consultation.