AK DOC Today

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

Inmates boost work skills in Habitat for Humanity volunteer effort

A group of inmates from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center have been assisting the Habitat For Humanity Organization with seven building projects in Anchorage. A portion of the group is comprised of women who have completed the Constructions Trades curriculum through the HMCC Inmate Education program. Because of their hard work and enthusiasm, Habitat for Humanity has asked that this collaboration renew through the entire build season, which runs through March 2012. The slide show below shows the work in progress.

Kenai Probation Officers praised for critical support provided in Troopers’ bust of Oxy ring

The Alaska State Troopers offered kudos to the Kenai Probation Office for their assistance in support of a sweeping take-down of a large-scale Oxycontin ring operating on the Kenai Peninsula, with street sales placed at $1.2 million. Specifically cited were:

  • PO II Paul Scott
  • PO II Eric Einerson
  • PO II William Fenske
  • PO III Ruben Foster

The DPP Officers joined three arrest teams during a 12-hour period. “It became immediately obvious that without your assistance, the operation would have been much more difficult,” wrote Col. Keith Mallard of the Alaska State Troopers. “Because of your unique knowledge of local offenders and their associates, each time when we experienced what would normally have been a dead end, you or one of your officers would provide a new location to check. More often than not, the suspect was located because of this.

“Your performance on duty is in the finest tradition of the Department of Corrections and reflects the professional character of the officers of Adult Probations.”

New Probation Officer takes oath in Ketchikan

Probation Officer Kasey Lau was formally sworn in on July 27 at her new post in Ketchikan. She was given the oath by Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens.

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PO I Lau graduated from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in social work and form Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan with an associate’s degree in science and arts with a major in criminal justice. Officer Lau’s prior experience includes managing a professional hospital security department for eight years, and helping with a community’s emergency management disaster preparedness events and training.

Officer Lau is new to Southeast Alaska having lived previously in Wasilla.