Corrections Division

Corrections is a division of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. It is made up of two jails, a court holding facility and the transportation unit. The Corrections Division is a necessary link in the criminal justice system and operates under the guidelines outlined in Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations. 

The Wayne Brown Correctional Facility is located in Nevada City. This facility was named after former Nevada County Sheriff Wayne Brown when it opened in 1992. 

‘“In my wildest dreams, I never thought my name would be on a building this great. I know anyone who is unfortunate (enough) to be held here will come out a better person than they came in,' Brown said…” The Union, May 2005

The building was dedicated to the people of Nevada County on December 17, 1991. 

It is an adult-only booking facility and houses pre-sentenced inmates as well as those serving sentences for misdemeanor and felony crimes. 

The Truckee Jail is an adult-only booking and temporary holding facility that serves the greater Truckee area. Arrestees from Nevada County, Sierra County and Placer County are booked here and can be temporarily housed awaiting transportation to the main jail for their county. 

The Corrections Division Command 

  • Sheriff
  • Undersheriff
  • Jail Captain
  • Executive Lieutenant
  • Operations Lieutenant

Services provided 

There are a variety of services operating within the two jails to include: 


Emphasis is placed on offering rehabilitative training to incarcerated persons. Vocational training courses are offered in food services. Other programming includes:

  • Alcohol and drug counseling
  • General education
  • Advanced education 
  • Anger management
  • Mindfulness 
  • Religious services

Information about an incarcerated person in custody

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office will not provide incarcerated person's booking numbers to the public. You will need to obtain this information directly from the incarcerated person.

Search for an Incarcerated Person in custody.

Information about incarcerated person's release

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office will not provide release dates to the public.

Register with the Vine website to receive custody status updates on offenders and court case changes. 

Release procedures

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