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CLICK HERE before visiting: Visitor Dress Code

The Department has established minimum requirements for visitor dress. When the visits officer deems a visitor’s attire does not conform to the requirements outlined herein, they will ask the Shift Commander to either approve or deny the visit.

Please read full dress code guide to enure you do not get turned away on your next visit: click here
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As of March 11, 2020, Visiting Hours at the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department have been suspended until further notice.

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Contact for more information(617) 635-1100 x3001.

The Sheriff’s Department is mandated to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth and to serve and protect the citizens of Suffolk County.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Maintaining safe and secure custody and control of inmates and pre-trial detainees.
  • Enhancing public safety by seeking ways to effectively reduce offender recidivism.
  • To meet the challenges presented by this obligation, we must set goals that inform and improve our relationship with both the public and each other.

Steven W. Tompkins, a member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department since 2002, was appointed to serve as the Sheriff of Suffolk County on January 22nd, 2013 by Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.

As the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Tompkins manages all operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pre–trial detainees, Tompkins also oversees a management, security and administrative staff of over 1,000.

Tour The Facilities

Here you can take a virtual tour of one of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department facilities.

Suffolk County Jail at Nashua Street
Suffolk County South Bay House of Correction

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SCSD Employment Opportunities Below is a list of current opportunities at Suffolk County Sheriff's Department. Please click on an opening in the list to view details and apply or to download an application. Click here

If you have previously submitted or saved an application, please go to My Account to retrieve it.

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What's New {Click On Tabs Below}

It is with great pride, respect and admiration that we announce that our very own Assistant Deputy Superintendent Demaris Smith was awarded the 2020 Medal of Honor at the Annual Correctional Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony earlier today at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall.

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Sheriff Steven W Tompkins, the Department’s Honor Guard, motorcycle unit, and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department’s custody and non-custody staff took part in the return of the Annual Dorchester Day Parade this past Sunday. Walking the 3-plus mile route along Dorchester Avenue, the SCSD team greeted excited throngs of supporters along the way, who expressed their joy over the return of the annual tradition following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sheriff Steven W Tompkins joined Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, State Representative Joseph McGonagle, Reverend Myrlande DesRosiers and the Everett Haitian Community Center, and members of the Haitian community in and around Everett for the 6th Annual Haitian-American Heritage Month Flag Raising at Everett City Hall. During the event, Sheriff Tompkins spoke about some of the impactful contributions to American culture, tradition and politics, and encouraged U.S. support for Haiti, referring to its recent environmental, infrastructural and political challenges.

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We are extremely appreciative of your cooperation and patience as we work to contend with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We greatly value your health and safety, and that of the men and women in our care and custody, which is why we have implemented stringent measures to sanitize and protect our facilities against infection, and continue to enhance our safety protocols as this situation evolves.

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