1945 - 1969
In 1945, the Legislature created the Parole Department, which was initially staffed by the Chief Parole Officer. In 1951, the Legislature passed laws allowing District Courts to suspend the execution of sentences and grant probation. The Parole Department was charged with the supervision of these probationers, and in 1954, the Department increased the staff to four officers. In 1959, an officer position was established in Las Vegas, and the state was divided into three districts: Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas. A fourth District was opened in Elko during 1965, and nine additional officers were authorized by the Legislature. The Department of Parole and Probation was created by the Legislature in 1969.