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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  • Pre-Treatment Addictions Program
  • Women’s Recovery Program
This program is a substance abuse treatment program within the Strafford County Jail. The program follows a segregated “Therapeutic Community” model where participants receive drug and alcohol counseling, cognitive behavior change programming and peer support activities to promote recovery from substance abuse addiction. Separate programs are offered for men and women.

Program Philosophy: To provide intensive substance abuse treatment and behavior modification to prepare offenders for release into community based treatment or into an intermediate sanction such as Strafford County Drug Court, Strafford County Community Corrections or Strafford County Academy

Program Structure: Program has 3 Phases of Treatment. Each phase is a minimum of 30 days. (The program counselors and treatment team decide individual treatment course in each phase which may last longer than the minimum length of the phase.) Participants may be court ordered to complete specific phases as a precursor or sanction for community release or complete all phases as an alternative to community based programs.

Program Activities: All program activities are mandatory:
  • Group and individual counseling: 4 cumulative hours per day Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 6 cumulative hours on Monday and Friday
  • Drug and alcohol education and didactics. Daily classes.
  • 12 STEP programs: Daily meetings and daily peer groups
  • Mandatory Education: Any participant without at least a GED diploma is required to attend GED classes in conjunction with the program.
  • Life skills education: Classes include: Anger Management, Parenting, Positive Options, Positive Mental Attitude and Nutrition.
  • Vocational Planning: Employment skills classes, vocational assessment and career planning
  • Discharge Plan and Sobriety Maintenance
  • Spiritual Programs: Daily meditation with volunteer clergy.
  • Recreational Programs: Yoga and daily structured recreation.
  • Personal Responsibility Programming: Participants must pass daily unit inspections and formal weekly inspections. All participants follow a rigorous daily schedule that includes a 5:30am wake-up and 9:00pm lights out
  • Take Back Your Life: (women only) Volunteers from A Safe Place work with participants on women’s empowerment and domestic violence recovery issues
Program Rules and Admission Criteria

Participants are held to a higher standard of behavior. Any infraction of a facility rule may constitute removal from the program. Additional program specific rules are also in place.

Persons wishing to apply can fill out an application which will be reviewed by the treatment team. If the application is approved, a second interview with a program counselor will be held.

Since the program is within the correctional facility the program is open to anyone desiring recovery. Due to the demand for this program there is generally a waiting list.

For more information:
Contact the Program Department at SCDOC (603) 742-3310

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