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
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2018
On Behalf of Sheriff David Dubois,
The Strafford County Sheriff’s Office releases the following information:
The Strafford County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a Granite Shield Grant Award. The funding cycle for the grant ran between the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018. Strafford County received approximately $80,000 to fund Granite Shield Investigations this past year. This was part of a state wide effort to combat the opioid addiction crisis that has gripped Strafford County. The following information is being provided relating to the results of enforcement efforts and the conclusion of this grant.
Weapons: to include an AR-15, Shotgun, Mac-11 , Two 9mm pistol, .40 cal handgun, and a .357 revolver
Types of drugs seized: Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Fentanyl, Carfentanyl, Sub Oxone, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Pills, Butane Honey Oil and LSD
Strafford County is pleased to have been awarded another Law Enforcement Opioid Abuse Reduction Initiative Grant for the upcoming year. Governor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council have awarded a grant to Strafford County in the amount of $80,000
Sheriff David Dubois:
“We are very pleased with the results of our joint task force since its inception. Collaboration is a foundation for many activities in Strafford County Government. The collective effort of law enforcement throughout the county with this task force has assisted greatly in our multifaceted response to the opioid epidemic we are addressing here in this county and throughout our state”.
As always, if you have information on subjects wanted by the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, leave a tip at 603-516-7145. Anonymous tips are welcome!
Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, Dover NH 603-516-7181
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Welcome to the first issue of LIFE INSIDE, a newsletter that provides a view of life inside the Strafford County Department of Corrections (SCDOC). The last such newsletter was published in January 2014 under the title Family Newsletter. The editor of that newsletter was SCDOC employee Marilyn Allen who retired on January 31, 2014. At the time she was the SCDOC’s Jail Industries Director and the Family Reception Center Founder and Coordinator. In the last issue of Family Newsletter, upon retiring, Ms. Allen wrote,
I am sure that if those incarcerated express a desire to have the newsletters con-tinue they will. It has been all of you sharing through your poems, writings, art and other accomplishments that have made this newsletter possible.
I believe that the families also really appreciate seeing what their loved ones are doing to take positives out of a traumatic experience. It gives families hope and pride to see some of the things that their loved ones have done while incarcer-ated. It gives families and those incarcerated hope for their future. I think it also reminds Strafford County DOC that their efforts with expanded programs and opportunities are not in vain but rather make a difference in the life of both the inmates and their families.
It is in such a spirit that the SCDOC Spiritual Care Advisory Board has taken on the chal-lenge and responsibility for restarting publication of an inmate newsletter. Part of the mission of the Spiritual Care Advisory Board is to ensure and promote the well-being of the SCDOC inmates. We hope that this opportunity for the inmates to share what they are working on and what is in their hearts and minds, with their families, with the SCDOC community, and beyond, will help affirm their connection to society in a positive way.
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Prison Rape Elimination Act Information:
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission developed recommended national standards for reducing prison rape. The final standards became effective June 20, 2012, when they were published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Federal Register.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act mandates that the following actions are reported and investigated:
- Sexual abuse of an inmate by another inmate, if the victim does not consent, is coerced into such act by overt or implied threats of violence, or is unable to consent or refuse:
- Sexual abuse of an inmate by a staff member, contractor or volunteer with or without consent of the inmate.
- Any display by a staff member, contractor, or volunteer of his or her uncovered genitalia, buttocks, or breast in the presence of an inmate.
- Voyeurism by a staff member, contractor, or volunteer. Voyeurism by a staff member, contractor, or volunteer means an invasion of privacy of an inmate by staff for reasons unrelated to official duties.
- Sexual Harassment of an inmate by another inmate or a staff member, contractor or volunteer.
All investigations must come to one of the following conclusions:
- Substantiated allegation means an allegation that was investigated and determined to have occurred.
- Unfounded allegation means an allegation that was investigated and determined not to have occurred.
- Unsubstantiated allegation means an allegation that was investigated and the investigation produced insufficient evidence to make a final determination as to whether or not the event occurred.
The following information is being provided as part of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
In 2018, there were 23 reported allegations of sexual harassment or sexual abuse of inmates.
· 9 reported cases of Inmate on Inmate Sexual Abuse - one was UNFOUNDED, 7 were UNSUBSTANTIATED.
· 9 reported cases of Inmate on Inmate Sexual Harassment – one was FOUNDED, 8 were UNSUBSTANTIATED.
· 2 reported cases of Staff on Inmate Sexual Abuse - both were UNSUBSTANTIATED.
· 3 reported case of Staff on Inmate Sexual Harassment, one was UNFOUNDED, one was UNSUBSTANTIATED and one was SUBSTANTIATED.