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Please note: You must be able to clear the walk-through metal detector in order to enter the facility.  If you have a medical issue that will  cause the metal detector to activate, you must have official documentation from your doctor before you will be permitted into the facility.


Visiting Rules
Non-Contact Visits
Contact Visits
Inmate Telephone System



4.2.01   Visiting Rules

Policy: It is the policy of the Strafford County Department of Corrections to enforce visiting rules in order to provide safe and secure visiting.
Definitions: None
Reference: ACA 3-ALDF-5D-15, Visitor Registration
NHCCFS 8.16, Visitation
Forms: None
Procedure:
  1. Visits are held at the Strafford County Department of Corrections seven (7) days a week to permit inmates to maintain ties with family and friends.
  2. Professionals may visit at any reasonable time.
  3. Inmates are required to schedule their own visiting times from the available visiting times assigned to the unit.
  4. Inmates are responsible for notifying family and friends of their scheduled visiting times.
  5. Due to space limitations, visits are restricted to two adults and two children small enough to sit on the laps of the adults.
        a.  Any child too big to sit on the lap of the adult will be considered an adult.
  6. Each inmate is allowed two one-hour visits per week with no more then one one-hour visit per day.
  7. Visitors under eighteen years of age will be permitted to visit with inmates if supervised by their parent or legal guardian.
  8. Visitors will be required to show proof of their identity and/or submit to a record check.
  9. Former inmates cannot visit current inmates unless they are immediate family and only after receiving written permission from the Superintendent or designee.
        a.  Any person with pending criminal charges or under the supervision of Community
             Corrections and/or Probation and Parole will be denied visiting privileges.
  10. Visitors entering the Reception Area entrance are required to sign-in with the officer in the Reception Area.
  11. Visitors entering the Bail/Release entrance are required to sign-in with a Booking Officer.
  12. Visitors who appear to be intoxicated or "acting out" will not be permitted to visit.
  13. Any inmate may refuse a visit at any time.
  14. Inmates in disciplinary status may be denied visits from family and friends but will be allowed to visit with professionals.
  15. Inmates sequestered for medical observation must receive clearance from the Medical Department for visits.
  16. Visitors’ clothing must be appropriate for visits.
        a.  Dresses, skirts, and shorts will be allowed but may not be more than 4 inches above
             the knee.
        b.  No halter-tops, sleeveless attire, tank tops, or hats may be worn into visiting areas.
  17. Non-contact visitors are only permitted to bring handkerchiefs, a baby bottle, a pacifier, wedding band and a medic alert bracelet/pendant into the visiting area.
        a.  All other items will be secured in the lockers provided.
  18. Contact visitors are only permitted to bring handkerchiefs, wedding band and a medic alert bracelet/pendant into the visiting area.
        a.  All other items will be secured in the lockers provided.
  19. All visitors must successfully pass the walk-through metal detector before being allowed in the facility.
  20. Visitors may be subject to searches by correctional personnel.
  21. Any visitor who brings or attempts, to bring, any item of contraband into the facility will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
  22. Smoking in the facility is prohibited.
        a.  All tobacco products and lighting materials are considered contraband.
        b. Tobacco products should be left in the visitor’s vehicle; if not possible, they must be
            secured in a visitor’s locker.
  23. Passing or attempting to pass anything during a visit is prohibited.
  24. Inmates and visitors will conduct themselves appropriately at all times.
        a.  It is important to respect the rights of fellow inmates and visitors to visit without
             incident.
        b.  When an inmate or visitor does not conduct him/herself properly, the Unit Officer will
             terminate the visit.
  25. Visitors may drop cash, bank checks or money orders into the locked box in Reception Area for deposit in an inmate’s account.
        a.  Bank checks and money orders may also be mailed to the facility.
        b.  Bank checks and money orders must be made out to the Strafford County
             Commissary.
  26. Visitors will leave the visiting area and return to the reception desk at the conclusion of the visit.
  27. Visitors will return Visitor’s Passes, receive their ID’s back, sign-out of the Visitor’s Log, retrieve any personal items placed in the lockers, and exit the facility.
  28. All inmates are subject to be searched before and after any visit.
  29. No cameras or recording devices are allowed in the facility without prior approval from the Superintendent.
  30. Inmates and visitors must comply with all rules governing visits.



4.2.03   Non-Contact Visits with Family & Friends

Policy: It is the policy of the Strafford County Department of Corrections to provide regular, scheduled visits for inmates in order for them to maintain contact with family and friends.
Definitions: Non-Contact Visit - A visit in which physical contact is not permitted between inmates and their visitors.
Reference: ACA 3-ALDF-2E-03, Visiting
ACA 3-ALDF-3D-17, Visiting
ACA 3-ALDF-5D-10-11, 15, Visiting, Visitor Registration
NHCCFS 9.11, Special Management Inmate Services
NHCCFS 11.02, 11.06, Physical Facilities
NHCCFS 12.09, New Facilities Standards,
NHCCFS 18.12, Visitation
Forms: Visit Sign-up Form
Procedure A:  Scheduling a Visit
  1. There will be a visit schedule posted in each unit for Unit Officers and inmates to reference.
  2. Unit Officers will post a Visit Sign-up Form so inmates may sign-up for visiting times; officer discretion will be used.
        a.  A copy of the Visit Sign-up Form will be forwarded to the officer in the Reception Area
             on the day the visits are to occur.
  3. It will be the inmate’s responsibility to inform his/her visitors of the scheduled visiting time.
Procedure B:  Visitor Check-In
  1. Visitors will arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visit to allow time for checking in.
  2. Visitors will enter the facility, secure their personal belongings in the lockers provided, and approach the reception desk.
  3. Visitors will give the officer in the Reception Area their names and the name of the inmate they wish to visit.
  4. The officer in the Reception Area will obtain one of the following forms of ID:
        a. State issued Driver’s License/ Non-Driver’s Identification Card.
        b. Welfare Identification Card.
        c. Government Identification Card.
        d. Birth Certificate (for those 17 years old or younger).
        e. Passport.
  5. The officer in the Reception Area will:
  6. Access the inmate’s name on the JMS to see if the visitors are listed.
        a. If the visitors are on the inmate’s Visitor List, the officer in the Reception Area will
            check and update the visitors’ information and will have the Visitors sign-in on the
            Visitor’s Sign-In Log.
        b. If the visitors are not on the inmate’s Visitor List, the officer will check to make sure they
            are not ex-inmates and then enter the visitors’ information into the JMS.
                i. If they are ex-inmates, the officer in the Reception Area will request to see the
                    written approval for the visit issued by the Superintendent.
                ii. If they do not have written approval, the officer in the Reception Area will explain to
                    the visitors that they need to request permission from the Superintendent to visit.
  7. Issue Visitor’s Passes to all visitors.
  8. Explain to the visitors how to get to the visiting area and how to use the phones.
  9. Have the visitors walk through the metal detector (see 3.7.01, Searches).
  10. After the visitors have been checked-in, the officer in the Reception Area will contact the appropriate Unit Officer.
        a. The officer in the Reception Area will send the visitors to the visiting area; the Unit
            Officer will send the inmate to the non-contact visiting area.
                i. The Unit Officer will log the inmate to the visit in the Officer’s Log.
  11. The officer in the Reception Area will run NCIC checks on all visitors who are at least 18 years old.
        a. If the visitor has outstanding warrants, the officer in the Reception Area will inform the
            Shift Supervisor and the Strafford County Dispatcher of the situation and will make
            arrangements to have the person arrested.
  12. The Unit Officer will inform the inmate when the visit is over and will log the inmate as returning in the Officer’s Log.
  13. The visitors will exit the visiting area the same way they entered.
  14. The visitors will return their Visitor’s Passes and sign out of the Visitor’s Sign-In Log.
  15. The officer in the Reception Area will sign the visitors out in the Visitor’s Log in the JMS and return the visitor’s identification card.
  16. The visitors will retrieve their personal items from the lockers and exit the facility.



4.2.04   Contact Visits with Family & Friends

Policy: It is the policy of the Strafford County Department of Corrections to allow work release and inmate workers the extra privilege of contact visiting with their family and friends.
Definitions: Contact Visit - Visit in which physical contact is permitted between inmates and their visitors.
Reference: ACA 3-ALDF-2E-03, Visiting
ACA 3-ALDF-3D-17, Visiting
ACA 3-ALDF-5D-10-11, 15, Visiting, Visitor Registration
NHCCFS 9.11, Special Management Inmate Services
NHCCFS 11.02, .06, Physical Facilities
NHCCFS 12.09, New Facilities Standards
NHCCFS 18.12, Visitation
Forms: Inmate Request Form
Visit Sign-up Form
Procedure A:  Scheduling a Visit
  1. Contact visits will be permitted on Saturdays and Sundays only.
  2. Visiting schedules will be posted for the Unit Officers and inmates to reference.
  3. Inmate Workers must be approved for a contact visit, following Procedure C, before they will be permitted to sign up for a visiting time.
  4. The Unit Officer will post a Visit Sign-up Form in each unit so inmates may sign-up for visiting times.
        a. It will be the inmate’s responsibility to inform his/her visitors of their scheduled visiting
            time.
Procedure B:  Visitor Check-In
  1. Visitors will arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to allow time for checking in.
  2. Visitors will enter the facility through the Bail/Release Lobby, secure their personal belongings in the lockers provided, and approach the Bail/Release window at the Booking Counter.
  3. Visitors will give the Booking Officer their names and the name of the inmate they wish to visit.
  4. The Booking Officer will obtain one of the following forms of identification:
        a.  State Driver’s License.
        b.  Non-Driver’s State Identification Card.
        c.  Welfare Identification Card.
        d.  Government Identification Card.
        e.  Passport.
        f.   Birth Certificate for those 17 years old or younger.
  5. The Booking Officer will:
        a. Access the inmate’s name on the JMS to see if the visitors are listed.
            i.  If the visitors are on the inmate’s Visitor List, the Booking Officer will check and
                update the visitors’ information and will have the Visitors sign-in on the Visitor’s Sign-
                In Log.
            ii. If the visitors are not on the inmate’s Visitor List the officer will check to make sure
                they are not ex-inmates and then enter the visitors’ information into the JMS.
                    1. If they are ex-inmates, the Booking Officer will request to see written approval for
                        the visit from the Superintendent.
                    2. If they do not have written approval, the Booking Officer will explain to the visitors
                        that they need to request permission from the Superintendent to visit.
        b.  Issue Visitor’s Passes to all visitors.
        c.  Explain the visiting rules to the visitors.
        d.  Have the visitors walk through the metal detector (see 3.7.01, Searches).
  6. After the visitors are checked in, the Booking Officer will send the visitors to the Work Release Multi-Purpose Room and will contact the Unit Officer.
        a.  The Unit Officer will send the inmate to the Work Release Multi-Purpose Room.
  7. The Unit Officer will log the inmate to the visit in the Officer’s Log.
  8. The Booking Officer will run an NCIC check on all visitors 18 years old or older.
        a.  If the visitor has outstanding warrants, the Booking Officer will inform the Shift
             Supervisor and the Sheriff’s Dispatcher of the situation and make arrangements to
             have the person arrested.
  9. The Booking Officer monitoring the Work Release Multi-Purpose Room will inform inmates when their visits are over and will send the inmates to the Work Release Search Room.
           a.  A Booking Officer will perform an unclothed search on the inmates and will send
                them back to their units.
  10. The Unit Officer will log returning inmates in the Officer’s Log.
  11. The visitors will exit the multi-purpose room the same way they entered.
  12. The visitors will return the Visitor’s Passes and sign out of the Visitor’s Sign-In Log.
  13. The Booking Officer will sign the visitors out in the Visitor’s Log in the JMS and return the visitors’ identification cards.
  14. The visitors will retrieve their personal items from the lockers and exit the facility.

Procedure C:  Inmate Worker Contact Visits

  1. Inmate Workers may request contact visits by filling out an Inmate Request Form and forwarding it to the Classification Officer.
        a.  Inmate Workers will be limited to a maximum of one contact visit per month.
  2. To be considered for contact visits, the Inmate Worker must:
        a.  Have been working for a minimum of thirty days, and
        b.  Have had no rule violations since becoming an Inmate Worker.
  3. The Classification Officer will check the JMS for Incident Reports and will check the Inmate Worker’s date of hire to verify s/he is eligible.
  4. The Classification Officer will answer the inmate by writing ‘approved’ or ‘denied’ on the Inmate Request Form.
        a.  If the request is denied, the reasons will be noted.
  5. The inmate will arrange the date and time of the visit with his/her visitors.
        a.  All visitor rules will apply (see 4.2.01, Visiting Rules).
  6. The inmate will let the Classification Officer know the date and time of the visit.
  7. The Classification Officer will forward a list of the approved contact visits, including times, to the Booking Area.
  8. Procedure B, Visitor Check-In, will be followed.

Originals on file in Superintendent’s Officee


Inmate Telephone System

The Strafford County Department of Corrections uses Inmate Telephone Inc. (ITI) in Pennsylvania for the inmate phone system. In order for an inmate to make telephone calls (or you to receive calls) an account must be established. There are two options available:

Option 1: You send money into the inmate’s commissary account. The money will arrive much faster than mailing it to ITI in Pennsylvania. If you choose this option, you must send the money by money order, made payable to “Strafford County Commissary” and mailed to 266 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820.

Option 2: For this option you contact ITI at 814-949-3303. You can call this number to make billing arrangements. You can mail a check or money order to them or use a credit card. Any billing arrangement made with ITI will take a few days before it is processed.

If you have any questions regarding either of these options, please call Sandy Miller, Records Supervisor at 603-742-3310.



ATM Machine

 

We now have an ATM Machine available at the Booking/Release lobby for your convenience.