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Update for 2011

2011 - New! Inmates can be sent a one page email by family and friends signing in to offenderconnect.com .

With a prepaid virtual stamp system ($.60 ea.) emails will be paid for and sent to Strafford County Department of Corrections. We are now delivering hard copies of these emails the next day. Inmates cannot send email out.

Assist. Supt. S. Bird

Update for 2009

We are continuing to expand our efforts to help inmates transition into society. In November we opened our new Transitional Housing unit to assist inmates getting out, in addition to our Case Manager, Isabel Padial, who coordinates release plans for inmates being discharged. This unit is for released inmates who have no housing, pending their relocation. It opened with 6 beds which were increased to 12 beds due to demand. The addition of the Coast Bus line to the County Complex has helped make this housing successful as all residents are required to go out and look for jobs and housing. It was built in a wing of the minimum custody Annex housing area. Five hundred and fifty nine (559) persons toured our facility in 2009 including 11 doing the Diversion tour for at risk teens. Tours were given to students from Dover, Durham, Portsmouth, Rochester, Cocheco Arts & Technology Academy, and UNH. Professional tours included NH Probation and Parole, Strafford County Attorney’s office, NH League of Women Voters, Cheshire County Superior Court, Rockingham County Superior Court, Merrimack County Corrections Department, Leadership Seacoast, and Cumberland County Jail, Maine.

Stafford County Jail Industries is now ISO 9001-2008 Certified. This is a national/international certification recognized by all private sector manufacturing companies. The certification played a major role in securing two new additional companies in 2009 even in a depressed economy. Another aspect of our business that we wanted to improve upon also was our vocational component and that too was met. We now offer to inmate workers who qualify a hand-soldering certification and a laundry management certificate thus making them more employable upon release.

Assist. Supt. S. Bird