Our primary duty is to serve our community by providing a safe, secure facility where people are treated with dignity and respect and learn to be accountable for their actions.
The county jail houses those charged and awaiting trial, those arrested on warrants, those serving sentences at the county jail, those placed on holds by Parole and Probation, those sentenced to and awaiting beds in the state prison system or Community Corrections, those sentenced by municipal courts in our county as well as others placed here on holds for other agencies.
The Jail can house subjects accused of all levels of charges. We are responsible for securely holding all of these individuals as well as providing a safe environment. Pretrial confinement is not for punishment purposes. It is merely to assure that the arrestee appears in court. Sentenced inmates, on the other hand, are here as punishment for their offense. It is the responsibility of the deputies and civilian staff to make productive use of the inmates time, but not to inflict further punishment upon them.
In June 2016 Nevada County opened a new jail facility. This new facility was greatly needed due to the outdated facility that was being operated in. The new facility holds the Sheriff's offices in the front and an 80 bed facility in the back. The new facility can house 12 female prisoners along with 68 male prisoners.
Anyone wishing to make contact with the jail can enter the front lobby and push button on left wall next to the jail entry door.