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




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

SCDOC Frequently Asked Questions


Click on a question to drop down to the answer.

1. Mailing Address
2. Can I mail a care package to an inmate?
3. How do I place money on an inmate’s account?
4. How do I sign up for a visit?
5. I am interested in a job as a corrections officer, what do I need to do?
6. I have a question that isn’t listed, how do I contact the jail?
Mailing Address 

We do not accept any mail for inmates without prior approval, For inquiries the mailing address is: 

Strafford County HOC

266 County Farm Rd

Dover, NH 03820

You may email inmates through the Connect Network.They will be able to send a response to your email. 

Can I mail a care package to an inmate?

We do not accept care packages.  Books may be mailed directly from the publisher, distributor or clearinghouse directly to the Programs Department.  All books become the property of the HOC but the inmate who they are sent in for will be given first read of the books.  Please make sure the intended recipient is referenced on the invoice.


How do I place money on an inmate’s account?

You may do it in person, through the cash kiosk in the Bail/Release Lobby, through a money order mailed to the facility or with a credit card on line through; a fee will be charged for the cash kiosk or an on line deposit. Money orders should be made payable to Strafford County Commissary with the inmate’s name in the ‘Memo’ section.

How do I sign up for a visit?
Inmates are responsible for signing up for visiting times; it is the inmate’s responsibility to notify you of the visiting time. If you would like to check to see if the visit is scheduled, you may call the jail at (603) 742-3310 after 8AM the day of the visit to check; you may also check to make sure you are on the visiting list at that time.  For a full list of visiting rules, including dress code, please click here.
I am interested in a job as a corrections officer, what do I need to do?
For a complete list of job requirements and to download an application, click here.  You may also pick up an application at the Reception desk between 8 AM and 7PM.
I have a question that isn’t listed, how do I contact the jail?
You may call the jail 24 hours a day at (603)742-3310 or email the facility by clicking here.