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

 

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.