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The first Grafton County Jail was built in 1773 in North Haverhill. It was moved to Haverhill Corner in 1794. Then a second jail was built in 1794 and was used until a new facility was built in 1898 in North Haverhill.
In 1988 a major renovation took place and the facility was expanded to house 34 more inmates, medical and administrative. The old part of the jail continued to be used to house inmates while the newer part accommodated most of the administrative area. After many years, managing in the jail became a challenge. Mechanical systems along with the general breakdown due to age had taken its toll. It was time for a new facility
In 2007 the Grafton County Delegation voted to approve $38M to build a new jail and the process began. A lawsuit which was eventually won by the County held up the process for years. Then in 2012 the new Grafton County Correctional Facility was up and running. The new state of the art facility houses 150 inmates (32 female and 118 male) with room for expansion. The total cost of the project came in $6M under budget.
The old jail has since been demolished and the Ray Burton Park stands in its place with a stone which chronicals all the prior Jail Superintendents