EFFECTIVE Monday May 24, 2021

Effective Monday May 24, 2021 the Strafford County Courthouse will be phasing in reopening to the public. The building remains 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 updated May 14, 2021;
  • Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel; and
  • Individuals who need to conduct business with the Registry of Deeds.

For those entering the Courthouse, you are asked to conduct a self-assessment of COVID-19 risk factors to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel. Questions are posted at the entrance to the building. If you can answer yes to the questions, please do not enter the building.

Face Coverings are required throughout the building. If you do not have your own, please obtain one from the court security team at the entrance. Social distancing continues to be encouraged.

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 Transitional Housing Program

Carrie Lover, Criminal Justice Programming Coordinator   
Justice & Administration Building
259 County Farm Road, Suite 103
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: 603-516-7195
Fax: 603-740-2955
The primary goal of the Transitional Housing Program is to provide a seamless transition (for those who are deemed appropriate) from discharge at the Strafford County House of Corrections to the Transitional Housing Program. Participants will be monitored and supported through case management, court intervention and community supports, thus increasing the participants support toward re-entry, leading to a decreased rate of recidivism and relapse. Specialized Transitional Housing is therapeutic and can reinforce positive behavior and also admonish negative behavior through role modeling, counseling and support and increased supervision.  
The screening process for Transitional Housing begins at the House of Corrections or through Community Corrections.  At the HOC, a discharge planner provides applications to those inmates who express that they do not have place to live.  Those who are found to be appropriate for Transitional Housing are contacted to review the rules of Transitional Housing and discuss their goals.  Upon their release from the HOC and moving into Transitional Housing the individual meets with the Coordinator to review and sign the rules as well as develop the Transitional Housing Plan.  The individual completes an intake upon moving into Transitional Housing which includes review the fire safety, smoking, and other policies of the house.  They are assigned chores and lockers.  
All residents are required to complete chores while living in Transitional Housing.  The expectation is that the residents will take pride in keeping their living quarters clean.  All residents are to participate in a minimal of two self help groups per week.  Residents are also required to attend a weekly house meeting where they discuss any issues involving the house.  
Residents are required to participate in random drug testing and breathe tests.  They follow a house curfew.  Residents are provided with bus passes to attend medical/dental/employment appointments and job searching as incentives for good behavior and program compliance.  


Individuals who will be considered eligible for theTransitional-housing-Eligibility
program will have completed extensive programming
inside the House of Corrections and will complete the
screening process for the program.  

Transitional-housing-3rdWhat is required of our Residents?

          * Curfews
          * In-house mandatory groups
          * Job searching
          * Chores
          * Random drug testing
Program Goals
  • Reduce recidivism of the Strafford County House of Corrections
  • Prevent more Strafford County residents from being victims of crime
  • Provide individuals with a stable living environment in order to maintain sobriety and obtain employment