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Strafford County Jail

268 County Farm Rd
Dover, NH 03820-6003
Phone: (603) 749-0832

Interview with Freya, Jen and Cathy

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Freya: 30 days in jail, of which 23 days were suspended, 7 days to be served in county correctional facility followed by 7 days at a multiple DWI offender center.
Jen: 6 months.
Cathy: A year in total-90 days in Strafford County, then release on GPS electronic monitoring, 4-8 at the State Prison in Goffstown suspended for 10 years, 2 years probation.

JM: Did you spend time in a holding cell after your sentencing? If so, what was that like? If you didn't where did they they take you instead?
Freya: no, sentence didn't begin for almost 4 months
Jen: Yes, several. 1) holding cell in courthouse before transport to Rockingham County DOC. 2) Kept in booking cell at the Rock for 1 night. 3) was tranferred to Strafford County because Rockingham DOC has no facilities or accomidations for female prisoners-spent next night in booking cell at Strafford....All three were cement 4 X 8 cells with metal tiolet and sink. Bed consisted of 1 inck thick piece of foam on floor. Also strip searched in all three locations.
Cathy: Did not spend time in a holding cell at the courthouse. I was allowed to drive my car over to the jail after being sentenced. In booking, I was placed in a holding cell with another female and we were kept there for processing from 10am till approximately 7pm.

If you will be serving some time in the Strafford County Jail, you may be wondering what life is really like on the inside. We have interviewed former inmates of this jail, and the following information is based on information gathered during those interviews.

To the left are links to the actual interviews. Knowing what to expect can help alleviate some of the anxiety you have about living in this facility.

Jail Layout
Strafford County Jail has about 11 different sections, according to former inmates. Units A and B are maximum security, with A housing women and B housing men. Units C, D and E provide housing for male inmates with special medical needs. F houses male inmates who need to be separated from general population.

Units G and H are general population for men. J houses general population women. The women's unit is a large dorm type room housing up to 80 women in the same room. Unit I is a rehab unit for both men and women.

Good Behavior
Many jails have a growing problem of overcrowding. To counteract this problem, many facilities release inmates earlier than their sentences based on good behavior. To get time off your sentence, you have to be in Strafford County Jail for at least fourteen days. Inmates can receive up to 1/3 off their sentences.

In this jail, time off is assumed unless you get in really big trouble. According to former inmates, you have to mess up really bad to lose the good time. To avoid losing time off for good behavior, you need to avoid fights, contraband, stealing and possession of drugs and alcohol.

Inmates are allowed visitors two times per week, for one hour per visit. The inmate is separated from visitors by a Plexiglas divider. The visitor side has comfortable chairs, toys and books to keep children busy. There is also a family center associated with this jail that helps children cope with having a parent in jail.

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