STRAFFORD COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS

WILLIAM A. GRIMES

Justice & Administration Building,

259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820

PRESS RELEASE

April 3, 2020

Over the last several days, Governor Chris Sununu and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Department of Health and Human Services, have advised the media/press of clusters of COVID-19 showing up in group living facilities. The Governor and Dr. Chan refused to name the facilities, indicating that it is the individual facility’s obligation to do so.

In Strafford County, we have taken great measures to protect our nursing home residents, detainees/inmates at the House of Corrections, and our employees. These measures include following all Federal and State recommended infection precautions and consist of employee screening prior to entering the work place, the use of masks and other preventative gear (PPE) beyond the basic recommendations, and good hand sanitizing. To date, we have had no cases of COVID-19 for Riverside Rest Home residents or House of Corrections detainees/inmates.

In order to offer full disclosure to the public, and to alleviate the concerns for the unknown from families and staff, we are pledging to immediately release numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of our residents and/or detainees/inmates. The information will not include specific names, but will include general methods of treatment and the status of the resident and/or detainee/inmate.

Please remember to keep all employees who are working hard to keep you and those they serve safe during these challenging times in your thoughts and prayers.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

                                                       Strafford County Commissioners

                                                          George Maglaras, Chairman

                                                          Robert J. Watson

                                                          Deanna S. Rollo, Clerk

 

IMPORTANT!

NOTICE OF BUILDING CLOSURE

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Courthouse will be closed to the public, with the following exceptions:

  • Individuals who need to do business with Circuit and Superior Court clerk’s offices;

  • Individuals involved in court hearings permitted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Order dated March 16, 2020; and

  • Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel.

For those entering the Courthouse, a brief survey will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel.

All essential State and County personnel will be allowed into the building to conduct business. Please be supportive and patient as we work together to fight this pandemic and keep our personnel safe. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Based on the potential devastating effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking all steps suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to deter the disease’s progress. Strafford County’s Team has been working diligently and the closure of the Courthouse was determined the best course of action to continue to protect staff from the likely spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19).

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        County Administrator

 

Strafford County Visitation Center

130 Central Avenue

Suite 1

Dover, NH 03820

Ph. 603.516.HOPE (4673)

Email: pwall@co.strafford.nh.us

Seal StraffordSupervision Fee Payment Options
For Select Community Corrections Programs
 
 
(Please consult with your Case Manager to see if any of these options apply to your current program)
 
 
 
 
Monetary Option
 
You have the option of paying your supervision fees with either cash or using a money order made payable to:  Strafford County.  The office will not have change in the office, so exact cash payments are required.  Under no circumstances will personal checks be accepted.
 
Job Search Option
 
If you are looking for a job, or currently have a job and would like to look for some other form of work, you may fill out a Job Search Sheet.  For every completed sheet (10 job applications) you will be given $80 credit towards your supervision fee balance.  This form is available in the lobby waiting area, and with your case manager.
 
Community Work Program Option
 
You have the option to work off your fees by doing community service with the Community Work Program.  For each day worked, you will receive $80 credit towards your supervision fees.
 
Outside Community Service Option
 
If you are unable to do the Work Program, you have the option of finding your own community service with any non-profit agency.  You must obtain the information about the agency and get approval from your Case Manager before starting to work for them in order to get credit.  If prior approval is not obtained, there will be no guarantee that you will be given credit to your fees.  You will be given a $10 credit for every hour worked.  You must complete an Outside Community Service sheet and have it signed by the Supervisor of the non-profit agency, and your Community Corrections Case Manager before you will be given credit.  These forms are available in the lobby waiting room and with your Case Manager.
Donation Option (limited time)
 
The Community Corrections Office works with local agencies to provide donations for those families in need.  During designated times of the year, you can donate non-perishable food items which are donated to the local food pantry, or pet food and supplies are donated to the local animal shelter, and/or you can donate toys for the Toys For Tots organization.
 
For unexpired non-perishable food donations, you will be given a credit towards your supervision fees for every item.  The amount is determined by either a receipt provided by you, or by the size and amount of the items.
 
For toy donations, the toy must be a new unused unwrapped toy.  In order to get credit towards your balance, you must provide a receipt of some form listing the value of the item.
 
Used Toy Donations
 
If you have used toys in good/clean condition, and can find a non-profit agency who will accept the toys, you will be given credit towards your fees.  The requirement for credit towards fees is to provide a letter from the agency that accepted the toys listing the amount/value donated.  That amount will in turn be credited to your balance.
 
If you have any questions regarding any of the above listed options, please contact your Case Manager for further information.

Mission Statement:

 
Strafford County Pretrial Services will strive to assess, supervise and provide the necessary services for defendants.  We will collaborate with the criminal justice community to assist in pretrial release decisions, promote community safety and ensure the return to court.  This will be completed while honoring the constitutional presumption of innocence.
 

Vision Statement:

 
Strafford County Community Corrections strives to be a leader in the field of Pretrial Services.  We can accomplish this by exemplifying the highest level of integrity, accountability, and we will develop and deliver exceptional services devoted to excellence.
 

Core Values:

 
  • The fundamental belief in the presumption of innocence
  • The interaction between people should be direct, honest, ethical, open minded, consistent, individualized and equitable.
  • We believe in the balancing concern for community safety, concern for victims and meeting the needs of the offender.
  • We believe in team work and strive to utilize each team members unique talents, while continuing to improve our individual skills
  • We will continually evaluate services to ensure effectiveness and responsiveness to the needs of victims, offenders and the community

 

 

Pre-Trial

 

 

 

Pre-Trial Diversion

 

 Community Corrections has partnered with the Strafford County Attorney’s Office to start a Pre-trial Diversion Program.  The criteria for diversion cases are:
 
  • Non Violent Offenses
  • No Criminal Record
  • Violations on motor vehicle records are ok
  • One class B misdemeanor can be received
 
The Diversion Program was created for people who has not been part of the criminal justice system before and when we do not anticipate will be returning to the system.  Although there is no specific list of crimes that are approved, the idea is that this was a one time event and not just the first time the person has been charged with a crime.
Diversion cases are typically 12 months longs but can be modified by the prosecutor.  Common conditions can include:
 
  • Jail tour with an essay explaining their experience
  • Community Service
  • LADC Evaluation
  • Anger Management
  • Drug Testing
  • Restitution
  • Any other provision agreed upon by the Prosecutor and Defense attorneys.
 
Upon completion of the Diversion program, Community Corrections gathers all required documentation and runs the client’s name for a criminal history check.  If no new records come back, we notify the County Attorney’s Office to Nolle Prosse the case.
 
If there is a violation during the diversion period, everything stops until the client has finished the new charges.  If a guilty verdict is found, the client is scheduled for immediate sentencing.  If a not guilty verdict is found, the diversion then continues on.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Devine, Assistant Director with Strafford County Community Corrections Office.
 
 

Child Support Pilot Program

 

 

Partnership of SCCCP and DCSS

 
 
 
This pilot brings together the Strafford County Community Corrections Program (SCCCP) and the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) in a partnership that will assist delinquent obligors to come into compliance with their child support order and help prevent civil incarceration to the Strafford County House of Corrections.
 
If an obligor is not complying with their child support obligation, DCSS will first initiate all available administrative remedies to enforce the court’s order. If these remedies are unsuccessful, DCSS will then request a Show Cause Hearing. At that hearing the DCSS Child Support Officer (s) (CSO) may propose that the obligor be ordered to report to SCCCP that very day for further instructions regarding their participation with the program developed by this partnership. More specifically, individuals will be required to develop a personal employment plan with identified actions to resolve their non-compliance with their child support order. A further show cause hearing will be scheduled after thirty days so all parties could report to the court of the obligor’s progress, with continued review at the court’s discretion.

General Office staff:

 
Carrie Lover, Criminal Justice Programming Coordinator (Phone #: 516-7195)
Denise Morin, Office Manager (Phone #: 516-5178)
Theresa Green, Administrative Assistant (Phone #: 516-5176)
 
 

Regular Supervision Programs:

 
(Pretrial Services, Administrative Home Confinement, Step-Down, Pretrial Diversion)
Joseph Devine, Jr., Director (phone #: 516-5174)
William Britton, Senior Case Manager (Phone #: 516-5171)
Jonathan Forcier, Case Manager (Phone #: 516-5170)
Jamie Bennett, Case Manager (Phone #: 516-7197)
Sid Bird, Case Manager (Phone #: 516-5183)
 
 

Mental Health Supervision Programs:

 
(Pretrial Services, Administrative Home Confinement, Step-Down, Pretrial Diversion, Mental Health court)
Blair Rowlett, Director (phone #: 516-5182)
Amanda Vachon, Case Manager (Phone #: 516-7192)
Christopher Gowell, Case Manager (Phone #: 516-5172)
 
 

Drug Treatment Court Program:

 
Alex Casale, Director (Phone #: 516-7193)
Jamie Bennett, Case Manager (Phone #: 516-7197)
Christopher Gowell, Case Manager (Phone #: 516-5172)
 
 

Transitional Housing Program:

 
Carrie Lover, Criminal Justice Programming Coordinator (phone #: 516-7195)
Bruce Campbell, Case Manager (Phone #: 516-5118)
Thomas Herzig, Re-Entry Clinician (Phone #: 516-7198)
 
 

Re-Entry Clinicians:

 
Thomas Herzig, Re-Entry Clinician (Phone #: 516-7198)
Christine McKenna, Re-Entry Clinician (phone #: 516-7191)
 
 

Habitual Offender Academy Program:

 
Carrie Lover, Criminal Justice Programming Coordinator (Phone #: 516-7195)
 
Employability Program (Child Support):
 
Joseph Devine, Regular Supervision Director (Phone #: 516-5174)
 
 

Community Work Program:

 
Ken Robichaud, Interim Director (Phone #: 516-5184)
Troy Chabot, Work Crew Supervisor (Phone #: 516-5180)
Kevin Boucher, Work Crew Supervisor (Phone #: 516-5181)