the BCSO works in partnership with law enforcement
agencies, government entities and community
groups, lending resources to train, educate,
and respond to the safety concerns of our
communities. Three adult correctional facilities,
a juvenile alternative lock-up, a regional
lock-up, and a host of divisions ranging
from Civil Process to Homeland Security
comprise the Department.
the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction
in Dartmouth was opened on the 150-acre
site on Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth.
From 1990 to the present day the population
has increased by more than 300%. Presently,
over 80% of the Bristol County inmate/detainee
population is housed at one of the three
facilities on the complex. The remaining
20% of inmates are housed at the Ash Street
Facility, in nearby New Bedford. The Ash
Street Facility, originally built in the
early 1800’s has long been considered
one of the oldest if not the oldest operating
jail in the country. Click here for more information of the history of the Bristol County Sheriff's Office.