As we are all aware, the potential issues related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have created operational concerns within the facility.  In an effort to provide a safe environment for inmates, staff, and the public, we are instituting the following:

At 7:00 pm today we will cease personal visits at the facility.  We will expand our visitation times that are allowed through our tablet program.

All volunteers for ALL programs will be stopped until such time that it is deemed safe to continue.  We will remain in close contact with state and federal officials to make an informed decision that is safe for all.

This action is being conducted out of an overabundance of caution.  There has been no indication that there has been any exposure to the COVID-19 Coronavirus or Influenza within this facility.

We appreciate your patience at this time and thank you for your cooperation.


Chris Brackett


Strafford County Department of Corrections




Justice & Administration Building,

259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820


April 3, 2020

Over the last several days, Governor Chris Sununu and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Department of Health and Human Services, have advised the media/press of clusters of COVID-19 showing up in group living facilities. The Governor and Dr. Chan refused to name the facilities, indicating that it is the individual facility’s obligation to do so.

In Strafford County, we have taken great measures to protect our nursing home residents, detainees/inmates at the House of Corrections, and our employees. These measures include following all Federal and State recommended infection precautions and consist of employee screening prior to entering the work place, the use of masks and other preventative gear (PPE) beyond the basic recommendations, and good hand sanitizing. To date, we have had no cases of COVID-19 for Riverside Rest Home residents or House of Corrections detainees/inmates.

In order to offer full disclosure to the public, and to alleviate the concerns for the unknown from families and staff, we are pledging to immediately release numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of our residents and/or detainees/inmates. The information will not include specific names, but will include general methods of treatment and the status of the resident and/or detainee/inmate.

Please remember to keep all employees who are working hard to keep you and those they serve safe during these challenging times in your thoughts and prayers.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

                                                       Strafford County Commissioners

                                                          George Maglaras, Chairman

                                                          Robert J. Watson

                                                          Deanna S. Rollo, Clerk





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


Strafford County DOC Professional Visitation Notice

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Strafford County

Department of Corrections

266 County Farm Road

Dover, NH 03820  

2-17-11 004 


“Families Do Time Too”

“Families Do Time Too”----------- I know because I too had a loved one incarcerated.
My name is Marilyn Allen and I have been the Jail Industries Director at Strafford County DOC since it’s inception in 1986. Jail Industries is a program that provides paid work for inmates in-house while incarcerated, as well as assistance upon their release.
In 2003 I started the Family Reception Center which is located at the front entrance of the Strafford County Department of Corrections in the main lobby.

Mission Statement

The Family Reception Center will strive to provide a comfortable, trusting, and supportive environment where inmates’ families and friends may come before and/or after visits to receive validation, support, and resources that may lessen the negative impact experienced through incarceration.

Family Reception Center Goal

♦ To provide a setting where people experiencing incarceration of a loved one may come to receive support from others, some of whom are experiencing or who have experienced the same situations.
♦ To provide a more positive and comfortable setting for children wishing to visit.
♦ To provide caring and knowledgeable persons and relevant materials that may provide families and loved ones with helpful information and resources to improve the situation families face through incarceration of their loved ones.

The FRC offers a fun
playroom area for children
to play in and read.
We also host special
activities such as Easter
baskets, Christmas Party
(complete with Santa
and presents!), coloring
contests, and stuffed
animals (Donated by Hugs Across America)
for children to
take on their first visit to
the facility.





 We provide helpful information to families through handbooks and brochures. We also have information available on different agencies in the area that provide needed services to families


Family Newsletters

The Family Newsletter began in 2006 as an effort to provide families with a glimpse of the positive activities taking place at the Strafford County DOC both for and by your incarcerated loved ones.


January 2014 Family Newsletter

October 2013 Family Newsletter

June 2013 Family Newsletter

April 2013 Family Newsletter

January 2013 Family Newsletter


Volunteers Needed   

Our Family Reception Center is staffed solely through the efforts of our volunteers, for whom we are most grateful. We are always happy to accept new volunteers.  
There is no tax dollars used for this program. The program has been funded through grants like The Bishops’ Charitable Assistance Fund, inmate picture taking, and individual and civic donations. 
The visiting hours for loved ones are 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Every inmate may have 2 visits a week. We never have enough volunteers to staff all of these hours and the doors to the FRC are only open when volunteers have signed up. 
Some volunteers come weekly for 2-3 hours, twice a month, or even once a month. Any hours are appreciated.  
A volunteer trains with another volunteer until they are comfortable to greet visitors by themselves. 


Volunteers play a vital role in this mission.  


Click here to download a volunteer application

Click here to download a visitors handbook



FRC Board of Directors

Marilyn Allen  Sid Bird Minnett Induisi
   Julien Olivier           Officer Jeff Kennie Herman Stolzenburg
Carrie Lover Sister Helene Higgins Donna Adjutant
Donna Coriaty

If you would like further information or wish to make a donation, 

please see the contact information below.  

Strafford County Family Reception Center 
266 County Farm Rd. 
Dover, NH 03820 
Rodney Smith, Coordinator 
Phone: (603) 749-3289