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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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The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently welcomed twenty-five new officers into the corrections profession at the graduation ceremony held for Correction Officer Training Academy (COTA) Class 17-01. Sheriff Tompkins, members of the Department and loved ones of the graduating officers gathered in the auditorium of Bunker Hill Community College to celebrate the momentous occasion. During his address, Sheriff Tompkins congratulated the new officers and welcomed them to their new place of employment at the Suffolk County Jail. Graduates of COTA Class 17-01 completed an intensive 13-week instruction.

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Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently welcomed 20 high school students from Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere to participate in the Department’s Fourth Annual Summer Enrichment Program.

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The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department welcomed Adam Foss to the Suffolk County House of Correction to address participants of the Fifth Annual “Paths to Employment” Program, a mock interview fair for incarcerated women.
Part of the Department’s Women’s Program Services, Paths to Employment is a mock interview fair held in conjunction with Project Place, a Department re–entry partner and leading social service agency in Boston. An impressive array of participating local employers also joined with Project Place and members of the Department for the event.

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