MEMORANDUM

To: Attorneys of those in custody of SCDOC

Date: July 1, 2020

From: Chris Brackett, Superintendent

The Strafford County Department of Corrections is committed to the safety and well-being of those who are both detained and who work here. 

Due to the continued concerns related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Strafford County Department of Corrections shall continue the requirement of masks.  Upon entry to the facility, the mask protocol still remains in effect. Screening shall continue as well in accordance with Centers for Disease Control recommendations. The masks are a requirement to have a visit with the individual or individuals you are here to visit.  Masks are also a requirement for those in custody that come to meet with you.  In the event that either party chooses to not participate in this mandate, the visit is subject to termination. We ask for your assistance in ensuring that all parties are wearing masks at all times.

Strafford County DOC also provides non-contact visits that allow privileged communication between an attorney and their client.  In addition, SCDOC offers communication via ZOOM for Attorneys and their clients.  For more information on this, please contact the Classification Department for more information.

Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate this National health emergency.

Chris Brackett

Superintendent, Strafford County Department of Corrections

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

 

What is PREA?

PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) is a federal law that protects people in jails and prisons from sexual victimization, rape, and sexual assault.

Inmates have the right to be free of sexual abuse while incarcerated.

Inmates can have NO sexual contact with other inmates, SCDOC staff, volunteers, and/or contractors.

It is never appropriate for DOC staff or volunteers to make sexual advances or comments, or to engage in sexual contact with an inmate, including those persons under the supervision of Community Corrections.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT INCLUDES:

  • Sexual contact or penetration as defined by NH RSA 632-A
  • Masturbating in front of another person
  • Making obscene or sexual advances, gestures or comments
  • Exposing genitalia, buttocks or female breasts
  • Touching of self in a sexually provocative way
  • Initiating or making promises in exchange for sexual favors (i.e. promising safety, privacy, housing, or privileges)
  • Threats, intimidation or retaliation for any of these

INMATES HAVE THE RIGHT to report sexual abuse and THE RIGHT TO BE FREE OF RETALIATION for reporting abuse - if you are an ICE Inmate, the reporting of sexual abuse WILL NOT negatively impact your immigration proceedings.

FACTS RELATED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT:

  • Anyone can be sexually assaulted.
  • NOBODY asks or deserves to be raped.
  • A person who is sexually assaulted is not at fault.
  • Many survivors experience feelings of fear, sadness, anger, shame and helplessness.

Both victims & witnesses of a sexual assault have reporting options:

All complaints will be investigated

An inmate may:

  • Report the incident to any trusted staff member
  • Submit a Medical Slip or Inmate Request
  • Contact the Strafford County Victim’s Assistance Program by calling 516-7138 on either the inmate phone system or an outside line.
  • Write to Superintendent Brackett, the NH Attorney General or the Office of the Inspector General at the addresses listed below.

A family member may report sexual abuse of an inmate by:

  • Calling the facility at (603) 742-3310 and asking to speak to the shift supervisor.
  • Contacting the Strafford County Victim’s Assistance Program at (603) 516-7138
  • Emailing the facility at StraffordJail@co.strafford.nh.us
  • Writing to any of the following persons:


            Superintendent Brackett

            SCDOC
            266 County Farm Road
            Dover, NH 03820

                   

     NH Attorney General

     NH Department of Justice
     33 Capitol Street
     Concord, NH 03301

            Office of the Inspector General

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.     
Suite 4706
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

All investigations will be handled by the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, they may be contacted at: (603) 742-4960

Please click here to view the 2018 PREA audit of the Strafford County Department of Corrections

Please click here to view the 2017 PREA audit of the Strafford County Department of Corrections

Please click here to view the Bureau of Justice Statistics Publication, 

Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2009–11.

Please click here to view the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape Under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) for Prisons and Jails