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

pagetitle inmateprograms
jakeJake Collins
Assistant Superintendent &
 Education and Programming
padial isabelIsabel Padial
Unit Case Manager

Services to address a variety of problems are offered to inmates by staff, volunteers and contracted service providers from the community, to include but not limited to:

  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Life skills training
  • Domestic relations training
  • Anger management
  • Cognitive skills program (decision making)
  • Vocational training
  • Pre-employment planning
  • Parenting training
  • Adult basic education
  • Special education classes
  • Therapeutic Communities


SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION: The substance abuse counselor provides addiction education, assessments, one-on-one counseling and discharge planning, as well as access to weekly AA/NA meeting.

ANGER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: A program offered to inmates who are charged with or perceive themselves as having a problem with aggression.

COGNITIVE SKILL PROGRAM (DECISIONS COURSE): The decisions program is designed to help people change their reactions in conflict situation and to think about the choices that they make.

VOCATIONAL INSTRUCTION: Vocational training in computer oriented areas is available to minimum and medium security inmates. Training includes introduction to microcomputers, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Access applications.

PARENTING CLASS: Information and guidance on the proper approach in dealing with children.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES: Inmates have the right of freedom of religious affiliation and voluntary religious worship. Inmates are allowed to worship on a weekly basis. Members of the clergy are available for personal religious counseling.

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES: The facility provides an education program designed to help inmates. Inmates may obtain a variety of services for continuing education. Adult Basic Education, Special (coded) Education and high school classes are offered. High school level GED testing is conducted on a continuing basis. Assistance in arranging to continue education at tone of the Adult Education Centers in Strafford County, following discharge form the facility, is available through the Director of Education.

LIBRARY SERVICES: A library containing an assortment of reading materials is available for inmates to check out on a weekly basis. Computers are available for use during library time, if time allows.

WORK RELEASE PROGRAMS: Work Release is a program that everyone benefits from --- the inmate, taxpayer, and the Department of Corrections. Inmates must first be recommended for work release, by the courts when sentenced. Inmates must be classified Minimum Security to be eligible for consideration. Criteria for work release is based on the type of crime committed, past facility record, medical history, conduct in the facility, place of employment, hours of employment, mode of transportation and other issues that may come to the attention of the Superintendent. Any type of release that is authorized by the facility is a PRIVILEGE, not a right. Authorization to participate in the Work Release Program does NOT exempt inmates from performing requested details within the facility. Work Release will only be authorized within the State of New Hampshire.