The Strafford County Courthouse building will be open to the public.

For the purposes of preventing the spread of COVID-19, all persons entering the building should:

Self-screen for COVID-19 signs and symptoms. If anyone reports symptoms they should not enter the building.

Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.

Anyone reporting household contact to someone with COVID-19 (in the past 14 days) should not enter the building.

Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.

In accordance with the New Hampshire Judicial Branch (NHJB), unvaccinated people should continue to wear a face covering although they are not required to. Applicable to all areas of the Strafford County Courthouse.

Face coverings should be encouraged, NOT enforced.

Vaccination status is an honor system.

DO NOT ask others about vaccination status;

Face coverings offered to everyone;

It is the choice of the individual to wear a face covering.

Operations such as Probation/Parole, Community Corrections, etc. will operate under their own authority regarding inquiry of vaccination status.

Electronic/Remote means to conduct business are still encouraged; however, business may be conducted in person.

Social Distancing and Hand Hygiene are encouraged but not enforced.

For specific information related to Court Operations such as: media coverage, jury trial protocols, electronic services, etc.

Please refer to the NHJB webpage with important information about the response to COVID-19. New Hampshire Judicial Branch - COVID-19 Update and Resources page (

                         Raymond F. Bower

Raymond F. Bower
County Administrator

Strafford County Transitional Housing Program

Carrie Lover, Criminal Justice Programming Coordinator   
Justice & Administration Building
259 County Farm Road, Suite 103
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: 603-516-7195
Fax: 603-740-2955
The primary goal of the Transitional Housing Program is to provide a seamless transition (for those who are deemed appropriate) from discharge at the Strafford County House of Corrections to the Transitional Housing Program. Participants will be monitored and supported through case management, court intervention and community supports, thus increasing the participants support toward re-entry, leading to a decreased rate of recidivism and relapse. Specialized Transitional Housing is therapeutic and can reinforce positive behavior and also admonish negative behavior through role modeling, counseling and support and increased supervision.  
The screening process for Transitional Housing begins at the House of Corrections or through Community Corrections.  At the HOC, a discharge planner provides applications to those inmates who express that they do not have place to live.  Those who are found to be appropriate for Transitional Housing are contacted to review the rules of Transitional Housing and discuss their goals.  Upon their release from the HOC and moving into Transitional Housing the individual meets with the Coordinator to review and sign the rules as well as develop the Transitional Housing Plan.  The individual completes an intake upon moving into Transitional Housing which includes review the fire safety, smoking, and other policies of the house.  They are assigned chores and lockers.  
All residents are required to complete chores while living in Transitional Housing.  The expectation is that the residents will take pride in keeping their living quarters clean.  All residents are to participate in a minimal of two self help groups per week.  Residents are also required to attend a weekly house meeting where they discuss any issues involving the house.  
Residents are required to participate in random drug testing and breathe tests.  They follow a house curfew.  Residents are provided with bus passes to attend medical/dental/employment appointments and job searching as incentives for good behavior and program compliance.  


Individuals who will be considered eligible for theTransitional-housing-Eligibility
program will have completed extensive programming
inside the House of Corrections and will complete the
screening process for the program.  

Transitional-housing-3rdWhat is required of our Residents?

          * Curfews
          * In-house mandatory groups
          * Job searching
          * Chores
          * Random drug testing
Program Goals
  • Reduce recidivism of the Strafford County House of Corrections
  • Prevent more Strafford County residents from being victims of crime
  • Provide individuals with a stable living environment in order to maintain sobriety and obtain employment