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.
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