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


Transitional Housing

Strafford County’s Transitional Housing Programs provide temporary, supportive, sober housing for men and women who are transitioning from the Strafford County House of Corrections, loss of housing or discharge from another treatment facility, and returning to life in the community. Participants in the program are monitored and supported through case management, court intervention and community support. These supportive elements all focus on the individual’s re-entry process with the goal of reduced recidivism, reduced victims in the community and relapse. The therapeutic nature of Transitional Housing serves to reinforce positive behavior and admonish negative behavior by providing role modeling, counseling and appropriate supervision.

Applicants are required to go through a screening process which can be initiated through the House of Corrections, Strafford County Community Corrections, attorneys, public defenders or other institutional facilities. The discharge planner at the House of Corrections provides referrals for those inmates expressing a need for an appropriate place to live. Those found to be appropriate for the program are contacted to review the rules of Transitional Housing and discuss their individualized goals. Upon release from the House of Corrections prior to moving into Transitional Housing, the participant will meet with the Director to review and sign the program rules and begin the development of an individual self-sufficiency plan for the future. The intake process also includes a review of the fire safety, smoking and other policies of the house 

There are several basic requirements of the residents in Transitional Housing. They are assigned household chores and are expected to maintain the cleanliness of their living quarters. They are required to be out of the unit during week days from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM. During this time they are expected to be working, looking for work, engaging in family activities, performing community service, etc. The residents are able to live rent-free in the program for the first 30 days. After the 30 day period they are expected to be working at least 35 hours per week, and contribute 30% of their income as a program fee. Should they be unable to obtain employment in that time, they are required to perform community service to cover the program fees. They also are subject to random drug and alcohol testing, follow the house curfew time, attend the weekly house meeting, and update their self-sufficiency plans bi-weekly.  The Housing staff provides transportation to several self-help groups in the community


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

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What 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



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Program Contact Information:

Thomas Herzig, Transitional Housing Director & Re-Entry Clinician

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 7198

Fax:  603-740-2955


Drug Court

Following a 14 month-long pilot program that began in November of 2004, the Strafford County Drug Treatment Court commenced full-operations on January 19, 2006 after securing a Department of Justice grant for 3 years. The Drug Court is a specialty court program that connects felony, misdemeanor and parole-level, substance-dependent offenders sentenced out of Strafford County Superior Court, to an integrated system of intensive alcohol and drug treatment in the community. This intensive treatment is combined with case management, strict court supervision, progressive incentives and sanctions, and community supervision though the NHDOC-Probation/Parole.  By linking participants to treatment services, the program aims to address offender’s addiction issues that led to criminal behavior, thereby reducing recidivism, reducing victims, and enhancing public safety. The Drug Court is designed to be a 24-month alternative sentencing program, divided into three court phases and four treatment levels, averaging 12 months, followed by an additional 12 months of probation/parole. The Drug Court operates with a range of enrollment between 50 and 75 participants. The Strafford County Drug Treatment Court was the first adult drug court in NH and has graduated well over 100 participants since its inception.


What is a Drug Court?

Drug Courts are designed for individuals who have difficulty with drug and alcohol and enter into the criminal justice system.

The participants receive a deferred Jail or Prison sentence and enter into an intensive drug and alcohol program which includes case management, one on one counseling, group counseling, and regular court sessions.

These programs aim to stop the revolving door of the criminal justice system while holding offenders accountable for their actions through immediate sanctions from the Judge.

The tax payer receives a benefit because of the lower cost to have people in the Drug Court than incarcerated. The public receives assurance of public safety though close monitoring by probation/parole, case management and frequent drug test. In addition, Drug Court participants re-offend at a significantly lower rate then offenders who are not in Drug Court. Prosecution negotiates the deferred sentence and if that participant fails out they receive the sentence immediately.  Participants themselves benefit because they start to live a meaningful drug free life.


1. Strafford County resident

2. Substance dependent

3. Stabilized dual diagnosis

4. Both Felony and/or Misdemeanor charges accepted

5. Non- drug entrepreneur

6. No methadone maintenance/narcotic maintenance




What is required of our

drug court Participants

*Remain free from drugs and alcohol

*Remain arrest free

*Maintain full time employment and /or schooling

*Attend substance abuse: group counseling, lecture and individual counseling as schedule

*Maintain appropriate housing in Strafford County

*Submit to scheduled and random drug test

*Submit to house and property inspections by probation /parole/ SCCCP officers

*Attend court sessions as scheduled

*Pay all fines and restitution



Program Goals

**Rehabilitate addicts

**Reduce recidivism

**Ensure public safety

**Stop the cycle of criminal activity in other family members

**Turn offenders to sober productive members of society



Viva-E Drug Testing Machine

Presiding Justice of the

Strafford County Drug Court

Honorable Steven M. Houran



Union College, Schenectady, New York – B.A. 1975

Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts – J.D. 1981


New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General, 1981-2001

Associate Justice, New Hampshire Superior Court, 2001-present

State of New Hampshire Judicial Branches and Information



 Program Contact Information:

Christopher Gowell,  Drug Court Director

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 5172

Fax:  603-740-2955




Post Trial Programming

The Mission

Assess sentenced offenders housed at the Strafford County Department of Corrections and if possible divert them to intensive community based supervision while providing individualized treatment plans.  To help transition them into being productive community members thereby helping to reduce future criminal acts while promoting a safer community.

Administrative Home Confinement

Assess sentenced offenders housed at the Strafford County Department of Corrections and if possible divert them to intensive community based supervision while providing individualized treatment plans.  To help transition them into being productive community members thereby helping to reduce future criminal acts while promoting a safer community.

Step Down

 The Step Down Program is a unique program to Strafford County.  This program rewards sentenced inmates who prove by their attitudes and actions that they are taking responsibility for their crimes and are addressing those areas of concern identified by the court.  The Department of Corrections Programs Director and Classification Officer refer inmates to the Step Down Program after s/he has exhibited substantial and meaningful participation in jail programs (example:  drug/alcohol conviction = substance abuse counseling)

Program Contact Information:

Jonathan Forcier Community Supervision Sr. Case Manager

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 5170

Fax:  603-740-2955


Erin Guyotte, Community Supervision Mental Health Sr. Case Manager

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 7191

Fax:  603-740-2955




Community Work Program

Community Work Program Brochure

Community Work Program Intake Form

Our Mission

The Strafford County Community Work Program provides community services to Strafford County non-profit, tax supported organizations and government agencies.

The Work Program crew consists of minimum security sentenced inmates, court ordered participants who are sentenced to the program, and other Strafford County program participants, such as Drug Treatment Court, and Strafford County Community Corrections program clients.

Each work crew has a program supervisor who will provide each participant with details of each job on a daily basis. The program operates seven days a week with the exception of major holidays and provides a wide range of talent from the various participants involved in the program.


Types of work that participants may be required or asked to do:

  • Lawn Care to include raking, mowing, planting, digging, weed removal, etc.
  • Roadside Clean-up
  • Use of general woodworking machines and tools
  • General cleaning to include mopping, sweeping, washing, carpet restoration, floor stripping and buffing
  • Tree removal and stacking of cord wood
  • Wood splitting
  • Assist in the moving of furniture and/or equipment
  • Painting
  • Assist with specialty projects such as charity organizations, food drives, holiday events, etc.
  • Snow Removal
  • Vehicle Detailing
  • Assisting with public events

Hours of Operation:

Open 7 days a week

For days that fall on a Holiday, please contact the office

  • Participants must Arrive by 7:50am, with all appropriate Court and Program paperwork in hand.
  • The van leaves the main office at 8am sharp!
  • The crew generally arrives back at the main office around 3:30/4:00 pm depending on the program’s job for the day.

Transportation Information:

Although all participants are to find their own transportation, the following options are available:

Monday Thru Friday

  • The Coast Bus runs to the county complex every hour during the week.
  • Route 33 drops off at 7:30 am in front of the Superior Courthouse.
  • The Coast Bus is $1.50 a trip.
  • During the weekends, one of the crew supervisors will pick participants up at designated locations.
  • To schedule pick-up participant must call the crew supervisor the day before they want to be picked up.
  • BEFORE 3:00 pm. Example - to be picked up on Saturday participants must call Friday before 3:00 pm.
  • If  a participant does not receive an answer, they must leave a message stating the location where they want to be picked up at.  Must provide their name and a current phone number where they can be reached.
  • ROCHESTER location - Rochester Commons Park
  • DOVER location - Ocean Bank across from Tedeschi’s Convenience Store, Downtown Dover (Main Street)
  • SOMERSWORTH location - Lucky Plaza (1 Somersworth Plaza) between Main Street and High Street.

For more information please visit

Pick-ups Available on Saturday and Sunday ONLY

If you fail to show up for a scheduled pick-up twice,

you will no longer be able to schedule a ride

and must find your own transportation




From the North:

Take the Spaulding Turnpike Route 16 South

Take Exit 9, Route 108

Go to the left lane at the bottom ramp to the stop light

Take the left onto Indian Brook Drive

Take a right onto Sixth Street

Take a left onto County Farm Road

At the stop sign at the end of the road take a left

Then take another immediate left

Go past Cocheco Valley Humane Society—follow the road behind the Jail Facility. 

The main office is located on the right hand side, just after the Jail fencing yard

From the South:

Take Spaulding Turnpike Route 16 North

Take Exit 9 Route 108

Go to the left on the ramp to the street light

Take a left onto Indian Brook Drive

Take a right onto Sixth Street

Take a left onto County Farm Road

At the stop sign at the end of the road take a left

Then take another immediate left

Go past Cocheco Valley Humane Society—follow the road behind the Jail Facility. 

The main office is located on the right hand side, just after the Jail fencing yard



Medical Liability RSA: 651:70

Medical Coverage: Under NH RSA 651:70 liability. “No Person or organization who utilizes the services of any person performing uncompensated public service under this subdivision shall be liable for the benefit of the person or organization, or any damages caused by that person  unless the person or organization is guilty of gross negligence”.


Program Contact Information:

Kevin Boucher, Work Program Crew Supervisor

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 5181

Fax:  603-740-2955




Employability Program (Child Support)

Partnership of SCCCP and

Division of Child Support Services

This program 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.

Program Contact Information:

William Britton, Community Supervision Director

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 5171

Fax:  603-740-2955


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