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CC Medium Inmates benefit community one blanket at a time

Palmer Inmates

Back Row Left to Right: Lt. Olsen, Ofc. Canada, Sgt. Kollander, Ron Steyer, Charles Franzen, George Woods, Daniel Borsetti, Foster Barnett, Jacob Roller, Derek Werder, Vance Barrett, Edward Domrude, Eugene Lazar, Josh Semeraro, Keith Kieffer, Chris Chuckwuk, Harold Finger, Joseph Jackson, Carl Oyagak, Darron Sanders, Coty Wolverton, J. Cobb Whitmore, Jeffery King, Alex Eckhardt, Arthur Mack, Aaron Woods, Timothy Scott, Paul Suter, Nick Middleton, Steve Weeg, Wayne McNearney, Benjamin Mochin, Michael Lane, Superintendent Anderson, Ofc. Smith; Front Row Left to Right: Edgar Madros, David Koen, Ryan Cox, Mike Jester, John Caverly, Damien Prescott, Michael Linn, Gary Butcher, Zack Pierwola, Timothy Russel, Billy Ray Turner

For the sixth year in a row, Palmer Correctional Center inmates have funded and participated in a crochet program that allows the inmates to give back to the community. Inmates had an opportunity to make hand-crafted crochet items such as blankets, hats, and scarves for various Alaskan charities and communities. All of the materials used for the projects are purchased from the profits generated by the PCC Medium Club Sales Store. The inmates have shown through their commitment and dedication to these projects a willingness to utilize pre-existing artistic talents and a few discovered a new creative side they never knew they had. The inmates create their own unique patterns which is clearly apparent in their designs. By crocheting inmates are also displaying compassion and a kindness for others which can become integral for lasting positive changes once the inmate returns to the community. It is the mission of Palmer Correctional Center to aid the inmates incarcerated to return to the community as healthy, productive and responsible members of their communities. In addition Palmer Correctional Center offers educational and vocational curriculum programs for inmates that are useful and beneficial to their transition back into society. These programs provide outlets for positive reinforcement in the inmate’s lives, as well as enabling them to give back to our communities while learning new skills and qualities for life change.

— Superintendent Anderson

2012 Completed Community Care Project Totals: 1,212 Hats, 118 blankets, 51 scarves.

Inmates at Palmer Correctional Center raise funds for local community

Palmer Inmates

Top Row: Sgt. Snowdeal, Superintendent Anderson, John Yoakum, Terry Hall, William Metlicka, Daniel Mingio, Jesse Pfeffer, Michael Hartzler, T.J. Edwards, Lt. Olsen, Ofc. Britton; Front Row: David Ailep, Frederick Smith, Jason Mitchel

The Palmer Correctional Facility Minimum Inmate Store and Native Culture Council joined to facilitate two fund-raisers to benefit local charities. The money raised by the fundraisers (sales of fried chicken and pizza) was then matched by the Minimum Inmate Store. The total raised was $1,183, which was then used to purchase toys to donate.

The inmates at the Palmer Correctional Center Minimum Facility also this year continued to volunteer their time to make wooden cars and trucks for donation to local charities. The wood to make the wooden cars and trucks was donated from area businesses. The wooden toys are made in the Inmate Hobby Wood shop and the inmates were able to make approximately 200 wooden cars and truck this year.