Due to the pandemic, SCHOC is permitting professional visits only


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

Strafford County DOC Professional Visitation Notice

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Assistant Superintendent &
 Education and Programming
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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.