Located just southeast of the geographic center of the state in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, Belknap County was established in 1840 from portions of Strafford County. The Belknap County Jail staff consists of a Superintendent, Captain, three Sergeants and twenty uniformed officers. Other staff includes an administrative assistant, two full time and one part time nurse, one full time maintenance staff, the Programs Director and the Community Corrections Officer.
Belknap County, New Hampshire County Jail
Superintendent: Daniel P.Ward Sr.
Deputy Superintendent: David Berry
Belknap County Department of Corrections
76 County Drive
Laconia, NH 03246
The physical plant is a mix of structures dating back to the 1860's. Renovations were made to the original cellblock in 1947, the House of Corrections was added in 1971, the Annex in 1979 and the newest and largest addition was completed in 1989. Historically, we have been attached, figuratively and literally, to the County Nursing Home and continue to derive food and laundry services from them.
Under State statue to ensure their appearance in court, the DOC houses all pre-trial inmates within the County charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses that are unable to make bail. We also house inmates that have been sentenced to a year or less, also for misdemeanor and felony offenses.
At maximum capacity, the facility can care for 110 inmates in housing areas we call "pods". There are several pods of varying sizes within the building and a Classification Officer determines initial housing assignments. The Classification Officer uses a number of factors to determine classification status, i.e: charges, pre-trial or sentenced, criminal history, history with the DOC, co-defendent issues and a host of other factors. There are three main classification categories: Minimum Security, Medium Security and Maximum Security, each with their own sub-category of special needs. Each week, a classification board, made up of the Lieutenant , the Programs Director and the Classification Officer reviews each new initial classification, interviews the inmate and makes modifications in classification status and housing assignment if necessary. The board also reviews all inmate classifications periodically, as well as after any disciplinary action.
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The Mission of the Belknap County of Corrections is to provide protection of society through the detention and confinement of pre-trial detainees and post-trial confines in a safe and secure condition. The Belknap County Department of Corrections will provide humane treatment of the offenders during their time of confinement. This will be accomplished by, complying with Constitutional Requirements, Correctional Standards, as well as providing physical and mental heath services and an opportunity for educational, religious, and recreational services.
It is the goal of the Belknap County Department of Corrections, through proper care from the staff, the offenders will leave no worse and possibly better then when he or she arrived at the facility. Care will be taken to insure positive growth and re-integration into the community upon their release.
Belknap County Department of Corrections is an All Non-Contact Visiting Facility.
Monday Night: 5 pm to 6 pm
Saturday Morning: 9 am to 10 am
Tuesday Night: 5 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday Afternoon: 12 pm to 2:30 pm
Wednesday Evening 5 pm to 7:30 pm
Sunday Afternoon: 12 pm to 2:30 pm
All Female Visits
Thursday Night: 5 pm to 7:30 pm
Sunday Morning: 9 am to 10:30 am