MEMORANDUM

To: Attorneys of those in custody of SCDOC

Date: July 1, 2020

From: Chris Brackett, Superintendent

The Strafford County Department of Corrections is committed to the safety and well-being of those who are both detained and who work here. 

Due to the continued concerns related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Strafford County Department of Corrections shall continue the requirement of masks.  Upon entry to the facility, the mask protocol still remains in effect. Screening shall continue as well in accordance with Centers for Disease Control recommendations. The masks are a requirement to have a visit with the individual or individuals you are here to visit.  Masks are also a requirement for those in custody that come to meet with you.  In the event that either party chooses to not participate in this mandate, the visit is subject to termination. We ask for your assistance in ensuring that all parties are wearing masks at all times.

Strafford County DOC also provides non-contact visits that allow privileged communication between an attorney and their client.  In addition, SCDOC offers communication via ZOOM for Attorneys and their clients.  For more information on this, please contact the Classification Department for more information.

Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate this National health emergency.

Chris Brackett

Superintendent, Strafford County Department of Corrections

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

 

VICTIMS’ BILL OF RIGHTS 

 
 
 
 

CRIME VICTIMS ARE ENTITLED TO THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS UNDER NH RSA 21-M: 8-K

 
 
 
  • To be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.
  • To be informed about the criminal justice process and how it progresses.
  • To be free from intimidation and to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice system.
  • To be notified of all court proceedings.
  • To attend trial and all other court proceedings the accused has the right to attend.
  • To confer with the prosecution and to be consulted about the disposition of the case, including plea bargaining.
  • To have inconveniences associated with participation in the criminal justice system process minimized.
  • To be notified if presence in court is not required.
  • To be informed about available resources, financial assistance, and social services.
  • To restitution, as granted under RSA 651:62-67 or any other applicable state law, or victim’s compensation, under RSA 21-M:8-h, or any other applicable state law for their losses.
  • To be provided a secure, but not necessarily separate, waiting area during court proceedings.
  • To be advised of case progress and final disposition.
  • To the right of confidentiality of the victim’s address, place of employment, and other personal information
  • To the prompt return of property when no longer needed as evidence.
  • To appear and make a written or oral “victim impact” statement at the sentencing of the defendant.
  • To be notified of an appeal, an explanation of the appeal process, the time, place and result of the appeal, and the right to attend the appeal hearing.
  • To be notified and attend sentence review hearings and sentence reduction hearings.
  • To be notified of any change of status such as prison release, permanent interstate transfer, or escape, and the date of the parole board hearing, when requested by the victim through the victim advocate.
  • To address or submit a written statement for consideration by the parole board on the defendant’s release and to be notified of the decision of the board, when requested by the victim through the victim advocate.
  • To be notified, upon request, of HIV Testing results of the defendant AFTER he/she has been convicted of any offense under RSA 632-A (sexual assaults). The State shall provide, upon request, HIV testing and HIV counseling to the victim.
  • To be compensated, when eligible, for financial losses (counseling, medical).