MEMORANDUM

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.

Sincerely,

Chris Brackett

Superintendent

Strafford County Department of Corrections

STRAFFORD COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS

WILLIAM A. GRIMES

Justice & Administration Building,

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

PRESS RELEASE

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

 

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

 

Strafford County DOC Professional Visitation Notice

(603) 742-3310

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The Strafford County Department of Corrections would like to congratulate Officer Zachary Wilson

Officer Zachary Wilson was promoted to the position of Central Control Operator. Duties include ensuring facility safety and security, managing inmate and officer movement safely, maintaining the integrity of perimeter security and operating all facility secured doors, emergency equipment and communications equipment.

 

NOTICE:

TO: Legal Representatives
FROM: Chris Brackett, Superintendent
RE: Privileged correspondence

Recently, the Strafford County Department of Corrections has encountered issues with "legal mail" being sent to the facility. Specifically, we have received mail, appearing to be legal in nature, that is treated with a substance that erodes at the safety and security of the facility and those whom are incarcerated.
In an effort to strengthen that security and safety, we will be enacting a new policy.

All incoming "privileged correspondence" will be opened, photo copied, provided the copy of said "privileged correspondence", and originals will be shredded in the presence of the inmate. The entire process will be conducted on camera and recorded.

Strafford County's new process is an action that is intended to enhance security and safety of those both
incarcerated and working within the building while providing the expectation of privacy those incarcerated are entitled to.

Sincerely,
Chris Brackett
~~ Superintendent
Strafford County Department of Corrections

 

WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR Corrections Officers, and interviewing for open positions
Click for more information or to apply today!
Books donated to the facility for an inmate can no longer be dropped off at the facility – they must be shipped directly to the Programs Department from the publisher, distributor or a clearinghouse. 
Mail with stickers on the outside (except return address labels) will be returned to sender. This is for safety and security reasons – families should not put stickers on envelopes.
 

ATTENTION: Money can now be put into an inmate’s account using a credit card at our on site Kiosk (ATM). You can also deposit funds using an online banking site: www.offenderconnect.com

Our Mission
 

It is the mission of The Strafford County department of Corrections to protect the public by using the best correctional practice to provide humane, cost effective confinement, supervision and rehabilitative services. The department will carry out it's responsibility by:


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  • Protecting the public through incarceration of the offender.
  • Providing a range of correctional programs necessary to meet the needs of both society and the individual.
  • Implementing court ordered sanctions in the least restrictive environment consistent with public safety.
  • Ensuring safe, secure housing for incarcerated persons without prejudice.
  • Fostering staff growth and responsibility through challenging training in a safe, positive work environment.

We will fulfill these responsibilities while respecting the rights of the victim and recognizing the dignity inherent in all human beings. 

Questions or comments for the Strafford County House of Corrections, 

Please E-mail us with the link below.

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