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Merrimack County NH Department of Corrections

County Jail

Last Updated: March 03, 2020
Address
314 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH 03303
Beds
237
County
Merrimack
County - medium
Phone
603-796-3600
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Merrimack County NH Department of Corrections basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 603-796-3600

The Merrimack County NH Department of Corrections is a medium-security detention center located at 314 Daniel Webster Hwy Boscawen, NH which is operated locally by the Merrimack County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Merrimack County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Boscawen Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Merrimack County House of Correction also incarcerates individuals from other jurisdictions, such as the New Hampshire State Prison, other county facilities, and federal inmates for the Department of Homeland Security and the US Marshal Service.

The DOC also has responsibility for individuals assigned to alternative sentencing programs, such as pre-trial release, the Merrimack County Academy, and the electronic monitoring program – raising the number of people under our to supervision to roughly 500 and/or be assigned to the County's Successful Offender Adjustment and Re-entry (SOAR) Program.

MAIL
All incoming mail must contain a complete return address (containing at least the sender’s first initial, full last name, street address, city, state, and zip code).
In compliance with our Rejected Materials Form, the following items are not permitted:
Restricted Items:

  • Writing/drawing on an envelope, other than to/from address information, the words “photo, do not bend” or “legal mail”;
  • Newspaper/magazine cutouts;
  • Unused correspondence materials (postage stamps, envelopes, paper and/or cards);
  • Publication from unauthorized vendor…publications must be received directly from the retailer;
  • Hardcover books;
  • Check, money order, or cash;
  • Nude or semi-nude pictures of children or adults;
  • Polaroid or matted photos;
  • Does not meet the criteria for privileged or legal mail;
  • Glitter, crayon, glue, tape, staples, stickers (other than a return address label on the outside of the envelope);
  • Items that emit odor or other unknown substance;
  • Laminated, cardboard, carbon paper items;
  • Maps;
  • Items larger than 8x10;
  • Photos larger than 4x6;
  • Evidence related to a pending investigation;
  • Material pertaining to gambling;
  • Third-party mail.

Publications and subscriptions:
Inmates may subscribe to three (3) magazines or publications which are mailed directly to the facility from the publisher or book store provided they are soft covered, brand new, and do not promote violence, unlawful behavior, or show or describe the manufacturing or fabrication of weapons or drugs.
Privileged Mail:
Mail to or from attorneys, authorized representatives acting on their official capacities, legal aid services, or other agencies providing legal services to inmates, or paraprofessionals having a bona-fide association with such agencies.
Incoming privileged mail may be opened for inspection. Privileged mail will be opened with the inmate present. The contents will not be read.
Non-Privileged Mail:
Mail consisting of social, leisure, and all other correspondence.
Incoming mail will be opened and examined for contraband prior to delivery. Inmates may be held liable for contraband found within mail addressed to them. Mail will not be delivered to the inmate if it contains material identified as contraband or compromises the safety and security of the Department. Contraband items will be destroyed, returned to sender, or placed in the inmate’s personal storage bin unless such items violate state/local law. Items violating state/local law will be forwarded to the Department’s Investigation Division.
Incoming mail will be forwarded to the Investigations Division through the Captain of Safety and Security if it is believed to contain information which may be a threat to the security of the institution and/or contain the following:
A. an attempt to incite violence based on race, religion, sex, creed or nationality;
B. advocate, facilitate, or otherwise present a risk of lawlessness, violence, anarchy, or rebellion against government authority, facility staff, and/or other inmates;
C. an attempt to give instructions for the manufacturing or use of intoxicants, alcohol, weapons, explosives, drugs, or other unlawful items or substances;
D. plans to escape, unauthorized entry into the facility, or information or maps that might aid in an escape attempt;
E. information relating to security threat group activities or the use of codes and/or symbols associated with security threat groups;
F. sexually explicit material or material that would be detrimental to the treatment of inmates or that would encourage or educate inmates in deviant or unlawful sexual practices by which its nature or content would also pose a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution;
G. contents that would, if transmitted, create a clear and present danger of violence and physical harm to persons or property, or severe psychiatric or emotional disturbance to an inmate;
H. material that violates postal regulations, make unlawful threats or attempts at blackmail or extortion;
I. inmate to inmate mail; whether to or from this facility or other correctional institutions, unless approved by the Superintendent or designee.
J. material which is non-conducive to rehabilitative efforts.
Inmates found to be violating “no contact orders” will face disciplinary action.

Commissary Service - Inmates may purchase commissary provided they have available funds in their inmate account. Orders will be placed through the kiosk. Purchasing limits are specific to the inmate’s classification or housing assignment, with housing assignment taking priority. Inmates on restriction will have limited ability to order commissary. Hygiene and paper kits are available through commissary for inmates with no available funds. Commissary limits are as follows:

  • Minimum (A/B/F Unit) $50.00
  • Medium (F/G Unit) $40.00
  • Maximum (C/D/E/F Unit) $30.00

Ordered are processed Tuesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and are delivered on Friday. Inmates will be notified if an exception is to apply. Orders placed after this time will not be processed. Ordering, delivery, and pricing of items are subject to change at any time. Inmates released before receiving a previously placed commissary order will have fifteen (15) days to pick up the order.

Inmate Account

To deposit funds into an inmate’s account, you may do so through any of the following:

  • Toll-Free Number – 1-866-345-1884
  • Online – Web users can make deposits 24/7 at accesscorrections.com
  • Lobby Kiosk – The kiosk machine is located in the main lobby of the facility and is available 24/7.

Funds are credited to an inmate’s account in real time. Deposits may be made through the Lobby kiosk using cash, credit or debit card. A fee will be assessed at the time of deposit. Fee amounts are based on the amount deposited. The depositor will receive a confirmation number upon successful completion of a deposit. Personal checks and money orders are not accepted. If received in the mail, they will be returned to sender.

Upon release, funds remaining on an inmate’s account will be released back to the inmate via debit card. If transferred to another facility, a check will be cut at the time of release and given to the transporting authority or mailed directly to the receiving facility.

Inmate Locator

Merrimack County NH Department of Corrections publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in New Hampshire. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Merrimack County NH Department of Corrections and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 603-796-3600.

Registration

  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Merrimack County Department of Corrections - Visitation

Visiting times will be available equally to all housing unit inmates.
Visitation will be conducted based on the inmate’s current classification and housing unit assignment. Visiting blocks are as follows for each visiting day:

7:30 am – 8:20 am 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm 7:30 pm – 8:20 pm
8:30 am – 9:20 am 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm 6:30 pm – 7:20 pm
9:30 am – 10:20 am 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm

* This visiting slot is reserved for inmates in programming.
The following is a list, by classification, of the day's visitors are allowed. This list may be modified as the needs of the facility dictates.
A. Minimum Classification: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
B. Medium Classification: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
C. Maximum Classification: Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
D. Protective Custody: Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
E. Disciplinary Detention: Thursday, and Saturday.
Inmates housed in the Disciplinary Detention unit fulfilling punitive sanctions will be limited to professional visits only for the first five (5) days assigned to the unit.
Check-In:
Visitors under the age of 18 will be accompanied by their legal guardian. Proof of legal guardianship must be submitted prior to the visit. A parental consent form may waive this requirement.
All visitors will have a picture form of identification, i.e. valid State Driver’s License, valid Non-Driver’s License, Military ID, or Passport. All visitors will be signed in by the Lobby Officer and issued a Merrimack County Visitor Badge, to be displayed at all times.
Visitors will leave all personal property in their vehicle or a locker located in the Lobby.
Visitors will leave the facility with all personal property. Items left behind will be considered abandoned and disposed of if not claimed within fifteen (15) days.
Visitors will not wear any article of clothing deemed excessively revealing or inappropriate. Visitors will be dressed in an appropriate manner. Visitors wearing inappropriate attire will not be allowed into the facility.
Visitors will successfully pass through the metal detector and/or hand-held wand. Visitors who refuse to or fail to successfully pass through will be subject to delay, additional searches, and/or denial of visit.
Visitors are subject to search or their person, vehicle, and property to the degree necessary to ensure facility security and the prevention of contraband. Failing to submit to this search will result in their inability to enter the facility. No exceptions.
Visitors, including children, must be signed in on the Visitor Sign-In Log located in the Lobby.
All visitors will be signed in by the Lobby Officer and issued a Merrimack County Visitor Badge. The badge shall be displayed at all times.
Professional Visits:
Professional visits, including clergy, attorney, probation, or other law enforcement agencies, may be allowed to visit without being on the inmate’s approved visiting list, provided that individual is not related by blood or marriage.
Visiting exceptions would be during mandatory lockdowns, emergencies, meal time, and when the attorney booth is occupied. The amount of time allotted for professional visits will be regulated by the needs of the department and other professional visitors waiting.
Scheduling:
Inmates must complete a visiting list for approval, identifying no more than ten (10) friends and/or family members he/she wishes to receive visits from. Only those on the approved visiting list will be allowed to visit. Inmates may add or delete individuals from their list at any time.
Weekend inmates, or an inmate serving seven (7) days or less, are not entitled to visiting privileges.
All visits are to be scheduled at least one (1) day in advance. It is the inmate’s responsibility to contact family and friends regarding the date/time of the scheduled visit.
Calls received inquiring about visiting dates/times will not be entertained.
Visitors not on an approved visiting list, arriving unannounced, or do not have proper identification will be denied entry. Visitors arriving late will forfeit the time lost due to their tardiness.
Persons who have been incarcerated within the past twelve (12) months or those who are pending a criminal investigation will be denied visitation unless authorized by the Superintendent. Former inmates may visit within twelve months if they are immediate family and with the prior approval of the Superintendent.
Rules:
Visitors will be removed from a visitor’s list if found bringing in or attempting to bring in any item or article not previously approved by the department.
Visitors will not engage in verbal disputes with staff. All concerns will be addressed to the Shift Supervisor.
Visitors acting inappropriately or thought to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied entry or asked to leave.
A maximum of two visitors are allowed at one time, at one visiting block per day. Visitors will remain seated at all times.
Visitors or their children found to be in unauthorized visiting booths or wandering the visiting corridor will be asked to leave.
Visitors are to conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times and properly control their children.
Visitors found purposely damaging, destroying, or defacing County property will be escorted out of the facility and placed on a visitation restriction list. Restitution will be enforced.
Visitors failing to promptly leave County property when directed shall be prosecuted as the law dictates.
Failure to follow these rules will result in the visit ending and may affect visiting privileges.

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