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


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Jail Industries

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Click here for information on how Jail Industries can help your business!

Established in 1986, Strafford County Jail Industries is a factory operating inside the walls of the Strafford County Department of Correction.

Basically, we are a factory with paid inmate employees which provides a cost effective, flexible, supplemental work force to our customers.

Whether your business provides a service or a product, our experienced supervisory staff and well trained inmate employees will enhance your business.

You provide materials, equipment, and work instructions We provide the labor, space, electricity, supervision, and quality products on time

  • Specializing in assembly and packaging to your specifications
  • Hand soldering cable assemblies, hall cells and printed circuit boards to IPC-A-610D standard
  • Stuffing envelopes and preparing mailings
  • Testing and inspection of your products
  • Sewing
  • CAGE Code 4BZ66

We come highly recommended by our past and present private sector partners.

Jail Industries Partners, Past and Present

  • D.T. Magnetics (formerly GFS Mfg.) - 19 years (Winding, soldering, assembly, test, and inspection of transformers and inductors)
  • State of New Hampshire (roadside clean up)
  • Waste Management (sorting recyclable materials)
  • Curtis 1000 (stuffing mailers)
  • Great Bay Training Center (light assembly)
  • Fornax (assemble parts for recyclable oil burner)
  • Governor’s lilac Commission (lilac nursery)
  • Trans Atlantic (assemble and hand solder printed circuit boards)
  • Willey Brothers (light assembly)
  • Ottomans (assemble jewelry)
  • Trelleborg Palmer Chenard (Inspect and fixture fit automotive diaphragms)
  • Rest Easy - 8 years (sewing post-surgery support cushion)
  • Sulzer Mixpac / Precision Assembly  - 18 years (Package and heat seal epoxy mixers, small assembly)
  • Airmar Technology - 15 years (Pin connectors and package/heat seal spare parts kits, solder cable assemblies)
  • Dia•Com Corp. - 6 years (tear, trim, inspect rubber diaphrams)
  • Sgt. Knots Paracord Products LLC. – 4 years (survival bracelets)
  • Warner Power LLC. – 3 year (wire harness assemblies)

What our Customers are Saying

“Working with Strafford County Jail Industries over the past few years has been a great success. When our work load has become greater than we are prepared for, the Jail Industries team has been there to learn new processes and help us out with very short lead time. With the different abilities they have, we have been able to set them up to produce from the most basic operations to more involved, complex assemblies.”

Scott Hart, Materials Manager, Airmar Technology, Milford, NH

“We began working with Jail Industries in 1997. Since then, we have done so many different types of parts and Jail Industries has adapted to the changes along with us. The new facility, with the accessible loading dock, has also enabled us to expand the work to include large pallets of product that we couldn’t do here before. The supervision is of the highest quality and the workers are all properly trained. They can identify problems and have caught many issues with materials before they have been used on a job. All the work is thoroughly inspected when completed and any small issues that arise are easily resolved. The Jail Industries goes all out to satisfy our needs regarding quality and the work is always delivered on time.”

Steve Kirisch, Materials Manager, Owner Precision Assembly

“Starting your own business can be a real challenge; mine was no exception. No longer able to keep up with the process and orders myself, I was in real danger of having to give up my business. Due to the cost of labor and Workers’ Compensation, I was unable to hire anyone. Taking a leap of faith, I contacted Marilyn Allen at Strafford County Jail Industries, as a former employee, I had never seen this kind of operation done there. As it turned out, their versatility to accommodate just about any kind of business worked out to my advantage. They would recruit and train sewers from the inmate population. Not only were they able to help me keep my business running, they are making a top quality product in a timely fashion, that I am proud to show and sell. I would recommend their services to any business needing help.”

Kathleen Cutter, Creator of the Rest Easy™ Comfort Pillow

Business Opportunities and Savings


  • Ø Partner with us and we can train workers to your products and specifications.



  • Ø Receive a $3000.00 tax credit for each employee hired after release.


  • Ø Screened employees before you hire them to assure good work ethics dependability and commitment 


  • Ø We currently train, test and certify workers in laundry operations in cooperation with Yankee Equipment and Patriot Chemicals.

 ISO9000 Certicicate 2009S

  • Ø We also  have workers trained, tested and certified to an international standard in hand soldering IPC-610A Rev. D



For additional information contact:

Rodney Smith, Director of Jail Industries
Strafford County Department of Corrections
266 County Farm Road
Dover, New Hampshire 03820
(603) 749-3289 or Fax (603) 516-5165