News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections
2016 Alaska Department of Corrections Year in Pictures
When the Kodiak Area Mentor Program, aka KAMP, was started in May, 2014, the vision was to promote relationships between community members and people who are involved in the criminal justice system. We had a goal in mind, that mentors (healthy people in the community) would build relationships with mentees (inmates, people on probation, people who are struggling with addiction) and help them break unhealthy cycles and eventually mentees might become mentors themselves.
Two and a half years later KAMP has experienced tremendous growth and the goal has been met! Jami Gibson, KAMP mentee, is now facilitating KAMP Group on Friday nights for the six-week-long series “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman.
Additionally, KAMP mentor, Shawn Olsen, who was formerly involved in the criminal justice system himself, is currently teaming up with Probation and Parole Officer Jill Bunting to develop a peer mentoring program to provide guidance to probationers and parolees who are struggling with managing finances. Shawn’s own experience of getting out of debt, repairing his credit, and meeting all of his financial obligations with the Court system and other entities, is an inspirational journey. He is eager to share his skills with others so they can be free of financial burdens also.
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Alaska Department of Corrections Ketchikan Correctional Center held it's first Flagger's Class in five years recently.
Thirteen inmates took part in the day-long American Traffic Safety Services Association class which could lead to flagger certification after passing the National Flagger Examination test.
Flagger jobs are in high demand in the Ketchikan area with numerous large and small highway projects taking place in the community and flagger certification will give KCC inmates a leg up in getting work on those projects.
The Flagger class is part of KCC's commitment to ensuring inmates are successful in their reentry efforts.
Check out this Channel 2 News, KTUU story by photojournalist Shawn Wilson on the annual Alaska Department of Corrections Goose Creek Christmas Concert featuring the Goose Creek Singers
A small group of offenders at Alaska Department of Corrections Wildwood Correctional Center were motivated to help put presents under the tree for needy children.
Although they got a late start, in just three weeks, they put together 15 trucks and 4 trains to be donated to families in need. The group is motivated and have decided to continue making toys for next holiday season in hopes that they can help several more families and more importantly put a smile on the children's face Christmas morning.
Check out this awesome web extra from KTVA 11 News and Frontiers w/ Rhonda McBride on the Alaska Department of Corrections Hiland Mountain Correctional Lullaby Project which puts female inmates on a personal journey to write and record a lullaby for their child.
This web extra shows the entire concert and also features the singers and audio clips of their studio time.
See the second installation, “Lullaby Project: Wings Over the Walls,” on Christmas Day on KTVA at 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and watch later on the Frontiers section of KTVA.com.