News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections
During the 2016 season, Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm has harvested almost 3 million pounds worth of produce ranging from beef (over 3,000lbs) and pork (over 15,000lbs) to broccoli (over 34,000lbs), carrots (over 145,000lbs) and potatoes (almost 2 million pounds).
This produce was distributed throughout the state to many correctional institutions for inmate consumption, as well as donated to local charitable organizations including 80,950 pounds to the Food Bank of Alaska alone.
Sgt. Rahm is pictured displaying one of the huge carrots harvested this year.
Thank you to all of the wonderful staff and inmates that work hard to continue giving back to the citizens of Alaska.
We appreciate you!
Check out this KNOM article on Anvil Mountain Correctional Center who is working with others in the community to improve the re-entry process for inmates.
Palmer Correctional Center is pleased to announce that the following staff has been recognized to receive the Law, Order, & Public Safety award hosted by the Palmer Elks Lodge # 1842 on October 8th, 2016:
Sergeant Lee Pritchett – Sergeant of the Year
Officer Clarice Momoe – Officer of the Year
Mental Health Clinician – Support Staff of the Year
Sergeant Lee Pritchett started his career as Correctional Officer I at Anchorage Correctional Complex in 1998. Upon becoming a Correctional Officer II he transferred to Palmer Correctional Center where he worked until 2006. After a brief separation from the Department, Officer Pritchett returned as a Correctional Officer II to Anchorage Correctional Complex in 2007. In 2014 he transferred back to Palmer Correctional Center where he was promoted to a Correctional Officer III. Sgt. Pritchett was Employee of the Month at PCC in June 2016. Sgt. Pritchett keeps us up to date on our training, and is always looking for new training opportunities to benefit PCC staff and the Department of Corrections. Sgt. Pritchett has mastered the art of grievances and has been able to resolve a lot of them at the facility level; thus saving the Department time and money. Sgt. Pritchett is an integral part of team at PCC.
Officer Clarice Momoe - started her career at PCC in 2012 as a Correctional Officer I. Officer Momoe became APSC certified and promoted to Correctional Officer II in October of 2013. Since starting at PCC, Officer Momoe has worked as a Property Officer, Shift Officer, and fills in regularly as the HRC (Visiting) Officer. Officer Momoe is always willing to volunteer to work where needed. Officer Momoe is highly regarded by all PCC Staff! Officer Momoe is an asset to Palmer Correctional Center and the Department of Corrections.
Mental Health Clinician Tina Skoog – started with the Department of Corrections in 2014 at Palmer Correctional Center as a Mental Health Clinician II. Ms. Skoog teaches numerous classes for the prisoners at PCC to include Anger Management, Assertive Communication, and Stress Management.
She supports the prisoner’s successes not only in her classes but attends graduations for TLC, RSAT, IOPSAT, etc. to show her support. She keeps open communication with the security staff on any potential issues that could arise. Ms. Skoog is someone that we have come to count on!
On Wednesday October 12, 2016, the Bethel Probation Office was nearing the close of business when a man formerly on parole supervision walked into the lobby and asked for his past Probation Officer, Lynn Carlson. Upon making contact with PO Carlson, the man disclosed that he was overdosing on heroin. Staff called 911 immediately and PO Carlson stayed with him until medics arrived, even assisting him into the ambulance. The reason the former parolee gave for coming to Bethel Probation was that PO Carlson was “the only person” he trusted. The man had not been on community supervision since 2014.
This is a powerful illustration of the important work Probation and Correctional Officers do. Treating people with care and building rapport with those under DOC supervision can have a lasting impact on lives, regardless of the legal outcome of a case. PO Carlson is one of many professionals in the correctional and therapeutic communities around Alaska who are making a difference in the face of a growing epidemic of opioid dependence. Thank you PO Carlson, we appreciate you!