AK DOC Today

News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections

Success Inside and Out

The annual Success Inside and Out professional pre-release conference was held Saturday, March 5, at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. Just under 100 inmates attended, with about an equal number of community volunteers and professional staff present for the event, held in the facility’s gymnasium. The day included musical entertainment, a panel of former inmates, breakout sessions with local employers, treatment providers and advocates. The afternoon began with a fashion show where inmates modeled dress appropriate for a job interview or the workplace. Afternoon panels focused on education and training. Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez attended, along with Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti.

Recruitment Team prepares for busy spring schedule

The Department of Corrections recruitment team will be active and visible across Alaska this month. “March is Job Fair season,” said Acting Academy Commander and recruitment leader Dan Traxinger. “We will be present individually or as a team at six job fairs or events this month.” Both Correctional Officers and Probation Officers will be taking time out to man the booths. The job fairs and events are as follows:

  • March 16 … Anchorage Job Fair, Dena’ina Center
  • March 17 … Mat-Su Job Fair, Mat-Su College
  • March 18 … Total Force Job Fair, Alaska National Guard Armory, Fort Richardson
  • March 18 … Y-K Delta Job Fair, Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, Bethel
  • March 19 … Kenai Peninsula Job Fair, Soldotna Sports Center
  • March 31-April 4, Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show, Sullivan/Ben Boeke Arena

Ketchikan Field Office welcomes new Probation Officer

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Probation Officer Lindy Henrick was sworn in on February 24 in Ketchikan by the Hon. Trevor N. Stephens in the Ketchikan Superior Court before family, friends and the criminal justice community. Probation Officer Henrick was born and raised in Ketchikan and graduated from Ketchikan High School in 2005 with honors and having earned letters in volleyball, basketball and track & field. Officer Henrick was a Criminal Justice major at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). During her four years at UAA Officer Henrick attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, was a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and did an independent Water and Crime study. Henrick graduated from UAA in 2009 Magna Cum Laude and immediately began to pursue her Masters in Public Administration through the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). She expects to complete the program by December.

CO’s volunteer effort frees snowbound residences

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It doesn’t snow too often in Ketchikan, but when an 8-inch snowfall greeted residents one Sunday morning in February, a local correctional officer saw an opportunity to help and took action, according to a report appearing in the February 26th edition of the Ketchikan Daily News. CO Brian Calvin fired up his four-wheeler and spent part of a Sunday morning clearing walkways, common areas and the parking lot of a residential apartment complex. Homeowners Association members joined in with shovels and cleared areas where the four-wheeler couldn’t reach. “It is this kind of generosity and thoughtfulness that shows who our local heroes are,” wrote resident Rachel Ross.