News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections
Check out this story by the Peninsula Clarion on Wildwood's Push to Offer Better Chance Employment After Prison
Check out this KTUU Channel 2 News story on Alaska Department of Corrections plan to help and treat opioid users who are inside Alaska prisons.
Check out this Homer News story on how local and state officials are exploring electronic monitoring for first-time DUIs
Check out this KTUU Channel 2 News story on Alaska Department of Corrections Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm inmates who crochet to help the community and themselves
KSRM 920 AM Interview with Alaska Department of Corrections Wildwood Work Release Program's Thomas Lorah and Kenai Peninsula Business Everything Bagels talking about how the program's success is spreading around.
KSRM 920AM Interview: Talking Everything Bagels (7838939 bytes, video/3gpp)
Thomas Lorah is our latest participant in the Vocational Work Release Program at Alaska Department of Corrections Wildwood Correctional Complex. He was sentenced in 2012 and sent to WCC where he has remained. He completed a 6000 hour DOL Apprenticeship Program in Baking, completed several NCCER programs, Substance Abuse Treatment as well as a participant in the summer work release program at the cannery.
We contacted a new company in Soldotna, Everything Bagels, about a possible job placement for him a few months ago. They were eager to have him come work for them in the their new store, opening up in Kenai. He is their primary baker for this location. During the soft opening, everything sold out in less than 5 hours, before the lunch rush even started.
Several DOC employees went to the opening to support our newest participant and business (could be the reason they sold out so fast).
Thomas is extremely happy and loves what he is doing and it shows. He had a smile on his face the whole time. It was a perfect fit for both the employer and the employee.