Permits needed before work may proceed

The Preservation Society has been ready for some time to start the projects to turn Nevada State Prison into a public historic experience. We have the necessary funds to complete the planned projects without using public money. The current holdup is the process to obtain work permits from the State Public Works Department. The request for these permits must be submitted by the property owner, the Department of Corrections. We cannot proceed until this happens. We know of no precedent for the public/private arrangement that was created by Assembly Bill 377, so everything we do seems to be difficult. We … Read More

Dr. Gedney previews her new book

Dr. Karen Gedney previewed her new book “30 Years Behind Bars,” about her time as the prison doctor at Northern Nevada Correctional Center, for members of the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society on Feb. 17. The book is now available on Amazon. Now retired, Gedney told about 30 members of NSPPS during a general membership meeting of her ordeal being taken hostage in 1989 by Kenneth James Meller, who was serving a life sentence for killing Nevada State Trooper Gary Gifford in 1975. Meller, having made his way into the prison’s infirmary, asked her what day it was. She told … Read More

Greg Smith elected to board of directors

The board of directors is pleased to announce the election of Greg Smith. Greg retired from the Nevada Department of Corrections after 29 years of service. Greg began his career as a correctional officer trainee at the Nevada State Prison and was the warden at Nevada State Prison when it was decommissioned in 2012. His final assignment was as the warden of the adjacent Warm Springs Correctional Center and the Northern Nevada Transitional Center in Reno. Greg has also been an instructor on corrections at Western Nevada College and guest lecturer on Nevada correctional issues at the University of Nevada. … Read More

Cleaning up after completion of the movie

by Glen Whorton The holidays always slow things down a bit, but we’ve had a busy few weeks since Christmas. The action picked up almost immediately with Robin Bates hammering on the film production company for the repair of the carpet in the Courtroom. During the film production many of the crew brought their dogs into the prison. Robin’s legendary persistence has paid off and the company has agreed to pay $4,000 for the replacement of the carpeting.  This should be completed before the end of January. Good job. Robin! This replacement has been approved by the State Historic Preservation … Read More

General membership meeting and lecture

The next general membership meeting of the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society will be Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. in the Ormsby Conference Room of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Our guest speaker will be Karen Gedney, MD. Dr. Gedney retired as a senior physician at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center after 30 years of service. She will be presenting an insider’s look at changes in prison health care over time. In her retirement, Dr. Gedney is a professional speaker and author of the book “30 Years Behind Bars.” Dr. Gedney holds a lifetime membership in the Society and … Read More