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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.

Visiting Hours at the Suffolk County Jail on Nashua Street Visiting hours at the Suffolk County Jail are held 7 days per week at the following times:

8am - 10:30am
1pm - 2:45 pm
3:30pm - 5pm
7pm - 8:45pm

Each inmate is allowed up to three visits per week. The visiting week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. All visitors must be 18 years of age or be accompanied by an adult. All visitors must present a current and valid state-issued photo ID, driver’s license or passport. All visitors must wear appropriate clothing.

Anyone under the age of 18 will not be permitted to visit unless accompanied by a parent with the child’s birth certificate (original birth certificate - no photocopies). Only two children per visit and no children will be permitted to visit on Saturdays.

It is best to arrive thirty minutes to one hour prior to the start of the visiting period.

For more information, contact (617) 635-1100 x3001.

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

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Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department held a public discussion about race at Roxbury Community College. Before an audience of more than 350 people, Sheriff Tompkins opened the discussion with a brief statement about the timing and reasoning behind the topic.
“I have assembled a diverse and knowledgeable panel of experts to join me onstage to discuss what I believe is one of the most pressing issues of our times,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “While the topic of race may be a difficult and painful subject for some of us to address, I feel that this conversation is both necessary and long overdue.”

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Last month, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department celebrated the accomplishments of 19 Suffolk County Students enrolled in the Department’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). After having them spend the prior seven weeks as interns here with us at the Department, we are so proud to congratulate them on their well-deserved accomplishments. Witnessing their growth as they were immersed in the field of law enforcement, we are confident their experience with us will only bolster their success well into the future.

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The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department welcomed Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley; President of “The Base,” Robert Lewis, Jr.; and community organizer Darren Howell to the Suffolk County House of Correction to speak at the Department’s new Re-Entry Initiatives to Successful Employment (R.I.S.E.) Program.
R.I.S.E. is a job readiness program that trains participants to develop the skills that can lead to successful employment upon release through the use of real-time mock interviews with real employers.

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