AK DOC Today

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

Correctional Officer Joseph Roman Spring Creek Employee of the Year

Spring Creek Correctional Center’s CO II Joseph Roman is honored at a lunch at Seward. Roman was named Employee of the Year. Roman, who served over 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, began his career at SCCC in December 2003.

“Joe Roman is a quiet man who commands respect of his peers and prisoners,” said SCCC Superintendent Craig Turnbull.

2012 EOY Press Release

Palmer DOC Staff join Palmer Law Enforcement in Torch Run

Department of Corrections staff joined a field of approximately 150 participants in the annual fund-raising run for Special Olympics. The field raised approximately $7,100 so far for Special Olympics Alaska from the valley event alone. This is now two years in a row where we have had substantial participation and double that of previous years. Our run in the valley was just one of 13 runs held simultaneously around the state that so far this year have raised $82,658.00 for Special Olympics Alaska. We are still waiting for the totals from three of those runs so we very well may have topped $100,000.00 this year. It was great to see DOC out there raising money for such a good cause!

Hiland Mountain Inmates mark season with roadside clean-up

The Hiland Mountain Correctional Center has begun the summer giveback projects for 2012. An inmate work crew began this season by cleaning up the facility parking lot, perimeter road and frontage roads leading to the facility. They removed the winter’s deposit of gravel and accumulated trash prior to the annual parking lot plant sale.

On May 23rd, eight inmates from the prison cleaned up a section of the Glenn Highway between the South and North exits of the highway The institution officially adopted this section of the Highway as a giveback project last year. The adoption commitments lasts three years. The facility is responsible to cleanup both sides of the highway and the median three times during the summer. The crew collected approximately 720 pounds of trash and debris, as they cleaned up the entire stretch for the first time this season.

Correctional Officers form Honor Guard for CO Jansson

On Friday May 4 Correctional Officers formed an honor guard at the Palmer Central Office to give tribute to CO Merian Jansson who’d passed away April 27. After working as an administrative clerk at Palmer Correctional Center, Jansson became a Correctional Officer in 1999. The honor guard was organized through the efforts of Department of Corrections Training Academy. Chaplain Burt McQueen of the Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska Correctional Officers Association.

Annual Hiland Mountain Plant Sale is May 16-18

A great way to celebrate the arrival of spring is by attending the Annual Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Greenhouse Plant Sale, located in the facility parking lot in Eagle River. The dates and times are May 16-18, 9 am to 6 pm, with the possible addition of May 19, 10 am-6 pm. Offered are a large selection of custom flower baskets. as well as craft items: quilts, crochet, knitted items, beaded jewelry, birdhouses, benches, plant stands and other rustic yard items.

Proceeds go to support the prison’s horticultural program and community give-back projects.

2012 POSTER (click to download or view)

Department of Corrections staff receive Peak Performance Denali Awards

The Department of Corrections was well-represented in the annual Governor’s Peak Peformance Denali Awards, which were presented May 11 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage. Commissioner Joe Schmidt announced the winners while Nancy Dahlstrom of the Governor’s Office presented the awards. The Department of Corrections had two winners: The Anchorage Field Probation Office (Keith Thayer and Dwayne Hanson) was honorable mention in the Crisis Responder, Team Award; and, the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (Gloria Johnson, Theresa Warfield, Doug Lindsay, Ceylon Mitchell, Adam Rutherford and Brandon Jones) was honorable mention, Customer Service Excellence team award.