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Ketchikan Correctional Center earns director’s audit kudos

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Division Director Bryan Brandenburg announced Ketchikan Correctional Center is the winner of the 2012 Directors Audit Award of Excellence.

“They exemplified the standard of excellence as the most outstanding facility in the Division,” Brandenburg said. “This past year the Audit team visited all facilities utilizing a standardized Audit tool which reviews 21 operational standards, cleanliness of the facility, staff professionalism and overall adherence to the Department’s mission. Anvil Mountain and Palmer Correctional Center were both in serious contention but KCC edged them in the final tally. I would like to also recognize and congratulate all the employees involved in this year’s audit process and look forward to the 2013 Director’s Audit scheduled for the summer of 2013.”

Marine Safety Class offered inmates at Spring Creek

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District partnered with Spring Creek Correctional Center this week to offer the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association’s 18 Hour Survival Procedures, Equipment and Onboard Drills Course to inmates in both the Youthful Offender Program and General Population. This three day course provides practical information on the survival equipment found on most commercial vessels and prepares participants to conduct the emergency drills necessary to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. This course meets training requirements for commercial fishermen operating on documented vessels beyond the Boundary Line and earns sea time toward licensure. Everyone who successfully completes these courses is issued a Drill Conductor Card that serves as proof of compliance with USCG training requirements.

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“We are proud to announce all fourteen participants completed the course this week and earned their Drill Conductor Cards. Several participants release in April and are eager to put their skills to work in Alaska’s maritime industry. Special thanks to AMSEA Instructor Dan Walker for coming to Spring Creek and Sergeant John Cox and crew for ensuring smooth sailing throughout the course,” said Superintendent Craig Turnbull.

Jessica Mathews named Superintendent at Ketchikan Correctional Center

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Division Director Bryan Brandenburg has promoted Probation Supervisor Jessica Mathews to Superintendent of Ketchikan Correctional Center. “With over 23 years of correctional experience both in Florida and Alaska she brings a wealth of knowledge to this position,” Director Brandenburg said. Mathews began her career as a correctional officer in Florida and then moved to Alaska where she worked as an institutional and field probation officer. She was later promoted to supervisor of the Ketchikan Field Probation Office where she has worked for the past nine years (seven as supervisor).

Success Inside and Out a success at LCCC

The annual Success Inside and Out Conference held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau on Saturday March 3 drew over 30 community volunteers and around 55 inmates. Featured speakers included Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez, Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti and Senator Dennis Egan. Inmates also heard a presentation from a panel of former inmates, moderated by Judge Keith Levy. Pizzas (lunch) were donated by Bullwinkles. Afternoon sessions included a demonstration of how to dress for a job interview, and break-out discussion tables covering topics from employment to healthy relationships.