Nevada County Jail and Court Information

Nevada County Jail

The Nevada County Jail, also known as the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, is located in Nevada City, CA. This detention center holds pre-sentenced detainees as well as those who are serving sentences for California misdemeanor and felony crimes. Built in 1991, the facility has a current capacity to house 283 male and female inmates.

In December, 2018, a complainant filed a lawsuit against the Nevada County Sheriff's Department alleging he suffered a broken leg during the jail booking process. Since then, a newly elected sheriff has taken over the leadership role; Ms. Shannon Moon is reported to be the first openly gay sheriff in California.

The Wayne Brown Correctional Facility is located about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento in Northern California. The address and phone number are:

950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 265-1291


Nevada County Inmate Search Information

The Nevada County Sheriff provides two online sites to check if you believe your friend or loved one may have been taken into custody. The “Inmates in Custody” link provides a list of all inmates currently incarcerated at the jail. Information provided here is the inmate's booking date, booking number, and visitation details.

There is also a “Jail Media Report” which provides a list of inmates booked into the jail on any given date. This data includes the inmate's birth date and occupation as well as criminal charges on file and the category (“type”) of offense, felony or misdemeanor.

Nevada County Jail Visitation

Wayne Brown Jail inmates are permitted one personal visit per visiting day,with a maximum of four people allowed per visit. (At least one of these visitors must be an adult.) Note that these are not contact visits; you will speak to your friend or loved one through a video screen.

Visitation occurs Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can obtain specific visiting hours for your loved one by using the online “Inmates in Custody” link. You can call the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility at (530)265-1291 to obtain or verify this information.

Calling ahead is particularly encouraged before visiting a minimum security inmate, who may have work detail on certain days. Inmates who are working will be unable to participate in visitation.

The following visitation rules are in effect at the Nevada County Detention Center:

  • Visitors over 18 must have government-issued ID to participate in visitation.

  • Minors under age 18 must be in the company of a parent or legal guardian.

  • Children must be supervised at all times and may not be left unattended on the detention center premises.

  • Children creating a disturbance will cause termination of the visit.

  • Cell phones and cameras are not allowed in visitation rooms.

  • You may visit one inmate only per visitation day. (This rule may be flexible in an emergency or other unusual circumstance.)

  • “Appropriate” attire is expected. (This generally means avoid revealing or provocative clothing or attire displaying obscene, criminal, or drug-related content.)

  • Visitors must be willing to submit to a screening and possible search.

Local Law Enforcement

  • California Highway Patrol (Grass Valley Office)11900 Sutton Way,Grass Valley, CA 95945

  • California Highway Patrol (Truckee Office) 10077 State Route 89 South,Truckee, CA 96161

  • Nevada County Sheriff Department 950 Maidu Ave.,Nevada City, CA 95959

  • Truckee Police Department 10183 Truckee Airport Road,Truckee, CA 96161

  • Grass Valley Police Department 129 South Auburn Street,Grass Valley, CA 95945

  • Nevada City Police Department 317 Broad Street,Nevada City, CA 95959

Nevada County Jail

925 Maidu Ave.,Nevada City, CA 95959

Superior Court

  • Nevada City Courthouse 201 Church Street,Nevada City, CA 95959

  • Truckee Courthouse 10075 Levon Ave.,Truckee, CA 96161