Basic services, 2017

  • Overall

    Locally operated

  • Detention

    Locally operated

  • Probation

    Locally operated

  • Reentry

    State operated

In Nevada, juvenile detention and delinquency services are organized at both the state and local level. Detention is primarily administered by county executive entities, but private contractors also administer detention in some counties. Probation departments operate secure detention facilities in the following counties: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Humboldt, Mineral, and Washoe.

District courts administer probation services, except in Clark County where the county executive administers probation.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), a state executive human services agency, administers commitment to state institutions. Juvenile reentry services are administered by DHHS's, Division of Children and Family Services, Juvenile Services Office.

Purpose clauses, 2016

  • No clause

  • Parens patriae

  • Due process era

  • Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ)

  • Developmental Approach

Corrections agency, 2015

  • Independent juvenile corrections agency

  • Family/child welfare agency or division

  • Broad human services agency

  • Adult corrections agency or division

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers commitments to state juvenile correctional facilities. Juvenile reentry services are administered by DHHS's, Division of Children and Family Services, Juvenile Justice Office.

Intake and diversion, 2016

Initial intake and court diversion decision is at the discretion of the prosecutor or the juvenile court intake officer, divided by offense.

Pre-petition court diversion time limit/s exist.

Solitary confinement, 2016

  • Prohibits punitive confinement

  • Limits punitive confinement

  • No limits on punitive confinement

  • Did not respond

Solitary confinement for punitive purposes is allowed in Nevada's juvenile correctional facilities. Punitive confinement is allowed up to 3 days and requires approval from a supervisor if it lasts over 2 hours. The youth's status is reviewed every 24 hours.  (Adapted from 51 Jurisdiction Survey of Juvenile Solitary Confinement Rules in Juvenile Justice Systems, 2016. Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest at Lowenstein Sandler LLP)

Release decision, 2016

  • Agency

  • Court

  • Parole board

  • Agency and court

Releases from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services are the responsibility of the facility superintendent. A clinical team made up of mental health professionals, correctional staff, parole officers and school personnel conduct reviews for all youths who are close to completing their commitment. The team provides a recommendation to the superintendents of the State Youth Training Centers to make release decisions. A risk assessment tool is not currently used to inform the release decision.

Risk assessment, 2020

Organization 2013 2017 2020
Statewide uniform assessment
Layered/regional assessment
Locally administered assessment

In Nevada, juvenile probation had previously administered across local courts, with the exception of Clark County where probation is administered by Juvenile Justice Services. For example, Clark County utilized the Probation Screening Instrument for diversion and Washoe county used a personalized tool based on the Positive Achievement Change Tool (PACT). But in accordance with the juvenile Justice risk Assessment Committee, in 2018, the YLS/CMI tool was selected for statewide implementation. The training and use of the tool is currently in progress.

Sex offender registration, 2015


Risk instruments, 2017

  • Statute or agency policy

    Required by state or administrative regulation

  • Agency recommended

    Recommended by probation oversite agency

Risk instruments tool used
No statewide tool in use

Mental health screening, 2014

Requires a research-based mental health screening

  • Secure detention

  • Probation

  • Corrections

Mental health screening tool used
Screening not required
Nevada encourages the use of a research-based mental health for secure detention, probation, and corrections. The screening tool being used can vary by county. There is no state statute or policy guiding the use of a mental health screening tool.

Frameworks for evidence-based practices, 2014

  • Statute

    Supporting commitment to EBPs

  • Administrative regulations

    Either in corrections, probation, or the juvenile court

  • Support center

    Or collaboration dedicated to coordinating activities around implementing, evaluating, and sustaining EBPs

  • No stance

    No official stance on EBPs

  • Did not respond

    State did not respond to the survey

Nevada Department of Children and Family Services applies a specific definition for evidence-based practices. The use of evidence-based practices are guided by county funded resource centers dedicated to coordinating activities around implementing evidence-based practices in the juvenile justice system. Implementation of EBPs is locally driven. The Juvenile Justice Specialist is tasked with evaluation activities for the advancement of local innovations.

Recidivism reporting, 2016

Does not publish recidivism consistently over time.

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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