News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections
Goose Creek Correctional Center is proud to team up with Families in Transition to assist disadvantaged youth in the community. Over the past few months Goose Creek inmates have been knitting, excuse me “crocheting” sets of mittens and hats to donate to the Families in Transition project. Inmates Derek Berry and Mark Anderson volunteered to help teach novice crocheters the art of crocheting. Altogether the guys were able to crochet over 50 sets of hats and mittens of assorted size, style, and color. The inmates enjoyed the activity stating, “In a way it’s kind of therapeutic, plus, it always feels good to help out when you can.” Great job Goose Creek!
Spring Creek inmates stand with certificates recognizing their achievement in passing DSST exams. DSST exams are credit-by-examination tests that can be used by non-traditional students as a means of earning college credits. T.I.M.E, an inmate-led club at Spring Creek overseen by President Jerry Douglas OB# 331809, has recently begun sponsoring the exam fee for inmates who wish to take the exam. Additionally, T.I.M.E , has begun amassing a library of text books, allowing inmates to study for and take the exams, who would otherwise not be able to afford it. Education Coordinators at SCCC oversee the library and proctor exams for inmates when they are ready to test. Of the four inmates who have tested, all have passed their exams. To commemorate this achievement and give the students a tangible representation of their accomplishment, I/M Jerry Douglas and I/M Mike Lawson #226446, also a member of T.I.M.E, designed certificates that could be awarded to students after they pass an exam. In the photographs: I/M Keane Crawford # 452346, I/M Jerry Douglas #331809, I/M Michael Adams #420987, and I/M Benjamin Rucker #514531 all hold their certificates.
Spring Creek Correctional Center held its annual Alaska Share silent auction on November 18th and 19th. Each year, the silent auction has gotten better and better, and this year was no exception . All of the items up for bid were donated by generous staff members and local businesses. Among the many amazing items up for bid this year was a Resurrection Bay Tour with lunch on Fox Island for two people, donated by Kenai Fjord Tours. Pilot and Mental Health Clinician III, Dennis Perry donated an hour long flight-seeing tour on his Cessna 180 float plane. Robert Pack, a CO II at SCCC, donated three halibut fishing trips on his boat. Other items up for bid included beautiful handmade crafts and jams, clothing, knitwear, quilts, and a two night stay in a fully equipped cabin with a hot tub. SCCC would like to thank everyone who donated or bid on items at this year’s silent auction. Because of you, the auction was a huge success, generating over $4300 for the Alaska Share charitable giving campaign!
Friday November 6, 2015 Correctional Academy #129 successfully graduated 27 new Correctional Officers. These Officers came to the Academy from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Goose Creek and Seward. The came to the Academy as individuals and after 6 weeks they graduated a cohesive team.
Guest Speakers for the event included Deputy Commissioner Diane L. Casto and Acting Director Dean Marshall. They provided positive words of encouragement for the new Officers returning to their institutions.
Congratulations Academy #129 on your continued success.
During the last week the Department of Corrections Training Academy had the pleasure of participating in two public relations/recruiting events. The first was the Alaska Federation of Native Conference held at the Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. This is the largest gathering of Native peoples in the United States. The AFN Convention usually has anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 attendees each year. Department of Corrections was happy to share booth space with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. With our combined efforts we were able to provide information to the public concerning available career opportunities with DOC and throughout the state. This was also a prime opportunity to engage the public in conversation concerning reentry practices. Overall, our representatives at the booth reported very positive experiences with those who stopped to chat. Our second event this week took place yesterday October 21, 2015 at UAA Campus. Department of Corrections participated in the 8th Annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair. Local, State and federal law enforcement agencies gathered with the goal of actively recruiting female candidates. This was a great opportunity to meet and discuss career opportunities in a casual setting. Events like these impact public opinion in a positive way providing information and career opportunities to those in our community. We would like to thank all the participants that came out to assist with both events. With the aid of our field offices, institutions, medical and support staff, these events continue to be successful.