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Inmate work service crew spruces up Clare House

A volunteer community work service crew of eight inmates from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River spent a day cleaning and beautifying the front, side and back yards at Clare House in Anchorage. Clare House is an emergency homeless shelter for women with children and expectant mothers. The HMCC Inmate Council and Native Culture Clubs purchased tools, soil, seed, and plants for the spring cleanup project. In all, inmates raised and donated $1694.00 plus labor.

Officer Torrey named SCCC 2011 Employee of the Year

Correctional Officer Erich Torrey has been named Employee of the Year at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward. Officer Torrey began his career at SCCC in November 2002. He was the institutional training officer in 2007 and was promoted to sergeant in 2008. Officer Torrey has been the SCCC Employee of the Month twice: in November 2008 and in July 2010.

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In 2008, Officer Torrey reorganized his unit and made numerous improvements and innovation to the manner in which training was presented and conducted. He constantly looks for ways to improve the operation of the institution. In 2010 Officer Torrey served as Sgt. for APS and all three houses. The demands of supervising the entire population and staff is a full-time job for three sergeants, but due to circumstances rose to the occasion and single-handedly managed inmates and staff. “Officer Torrey works extremely well with peers, supervisors and management. Completes all tasks assigned and constantly looks for ways to improve the operation of the institution,” said Superintendent Turnbull.

Volunteer inmate walkathon raises over $1,500 for Haiti relief

This is a note from chaplain Brenda Nagunst to the inmates who participated in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for Haiti:

First of all I want to thank each of you for your support for providing clean drinking water for the people of Haiti. A lady battling cancer walked over two miles, another in recovery walked nearly three miles. A woman who was 8.5 months pregnant walked over 2.5 miles. A woman who had been in a wheelchair not long ago walked 4 miles. I was very blessed by the amount of participation of the women in this institution for this cause. Here are the statistics for the walk:

Total laps walked – 5,353
Total walkers – 274
Total Raised – just over $1,500