Ely State Prison is located in White Pine County, Nevada. It is a penitentiary facility that houses inmates that require maximum security. It was opened in the late 1980s and it can house over 1000 prisoners.
Ely State Prison is one of the most important employers in the area, having over 400 staff members working there. Inmates on death row are located at this prison facility and they are transferred to Nevada State Prison for their execution.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed several complaints against this prison due to allegations that it has failed to provide its inmates with the proper medical attention they require; and that when prisoners do treatment, it could hardly be considered anything but medical malpractice. There have been reports of untreated chronic diabetic patients and inmates suffering from chronic pain or hepatitis that did not receive adequate care.