AK DOC Today

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

Anchorage Probation/Parole Key to Arrest of Offender

On May 21st of this year, Anchorage Probation Officers provided information that led to the arrest of Daniel “Fat Dan” Rosendahl who was wanted on felony charges of Robbery 1, Assault 3 and Misconduct Involving Weapons 3 resulting from a drug deal gone bad in Eagle River on April 24th.

A probation officer received information from a probationer under his supervision that he had just spoken with the defendant at an Anchorage gas station and that the defendant stated he was hitchhiking to Homer for the weekend. The probationer provided a clothing description and the fact he was carrying a backpack with a sleeping bag attached. The information was immediately provided to APD, AST and the Homer Police Department. APD was not able to locate the defendant however the Trooper who had been contacted by probation and provided with the information spotted him while driving home at the end of his shift. The Trooper contacted APD and they took the defendant into custody while on the highway 45 minutes after the information was received by Anchorage Probation.

This was a great team effort that made the community safer this Memorial Day weekend and the result of the probation officer developing an exceptional working relationship with his probationer.

— Probation Officer III Rob Carlson

Annual Plant and Craft Sale Underway at Hiland Mountain

The 2013 Spring Plant Sale has begun at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. The sale, which is open to the public from 9 am-6 pm, continues through Friday, May 24th. Offered are a large selection of custom flower baskets, hanging baskets, free standing deck planters and flower pouches with a variety of plants and foliage. In addition, an assortment of perennials, houseplants and vegetable starts are on sale. Organizers have added a selection of craft items such as quilts and knitted items, plus beaded jewelry, birdhouses, benches, plant stands and other rustic yard items. Hiland Mountain is located in Eagle River; follow signs at the turn off to the Eagle River campground.

Download flyer here.

Ketchikan Correctional Center Marks Appreciation Weeks with Barbeque

Ketchikan Correctional Center celebrated the trio of appreciation weeks for Correctional Officers, Nurses and Education by grilling and cooking out on the barb. Staff were treated to two days of Alaskan fare. First on Wednesday the 8th staff were provided with burgers made from mule deer, elk and Sitka black tail which were seasoned to perfection with all the sides. On Thursday the 9th the second round of crews were given grilled king salmon with all the fixings. Chef Ed Irizarry manned the grill with Sous Chef Holly Cloudy assisting. All the protein was donated by the Superintendent and her mountain man husband, Drew Mathews. Thank you to all the staff for the work that you do and for assisting in this spur of the moment event. Thanks to all who came to eat and have a good time on a fabulously rare sunny week in Ketchikan.

— Superintendent Jessica Mathews

Lillie Gets Lucy: Wildwood SPOT Graduate Adopted for Service Dog Training

New DOC Buses

Lillie (holding leash), Lucy (on leash)

Shannon McCloud, assistant superintendent at Wildwood Correctional Facility in Kenai reports the following:

The Wildwood Transitional Facility “SPOT” program is happy to announce the adoption of Lucy. A family inquired about adopting a dog to continue in training to be a service dog. When the family arrived to look at the dog, Lillie grabbed the leash and said “my Lucy!” The inmates and staff nearly melted into the floor! Lucy the Lab is doing well in her new home.

Wildwood also has for adoption: LeRoy, a full blood black lab, very smart, full of energy but is deaf. Inmate trainers are working on teaching him hand signals. It is a slow process but he already knows quite a few commands. He is available now. Roman is a very large Black Lab mix. He is still in puppy training as he is only about 10 months old. He is learning his basic commands and should be available in about 4-6 weeks. Are you interested in adopting LeRoy or Roman? If so, please email Assistant Superintendent McCloud HERE.

DOC Participates in Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Department of Corrections joined other agencies and citizens to participate in the Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run, Pledge Drive and 5K Run and Walk in support of Special Olympics Alaska. This event, held on May 18th, is traditionally the largest simultaneous multi-community running event held in Alaska. This year’s goal was raising over $100,000 for Special Olympics Alaska. Communities holding events include: Anchorage, Barrow, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su, Seward, Sitka, and Valdez.

Orchestrated by the Alaska law enforcement community, the Torch Run is open to both law enforcement officers and the general public. Walkers, runners, joggers, strollers and roller bladers are welcome. This event supports training and competition programs for over 2,000 Alaskan athletes with intellectual disabilities.

This year was supposed to be the first annual bus pull, but due to snowy weather the bus pull didn’t occur. Instead many participants stopped in to inspect and tour the department’s new prisoner transport bus.

— Jimmie Wallace

Department Begins Use of State-of-the-Art Transport Buses

New DOC Buses

40-passenger bus

Goose Creek Correctional Center and the Central Transportation Unit has taken possession of four new transportation buses. For many years the Central Transportation Unit has used retrofitted school buses with installed cages to transport prisoners throughout the state. While still road worthy, those buses were reaching the end of their expected lifetimes,and were better suited to short trips.

The new buses were special ordered from International, and while they have the look of a traditional school bus, nothing about them is ordinary. Two are 40 passenger buses and the other two are 26 passenger. They have all of the equipment necessary for safe and secure transports; they come equipped with a segregation cell, back up cameras, individual compartment video cameras with microphone, ALMR radios, weapon storage containers, LED lighting, full one piece rubber floors for easy clean up, molded plastic chairs with drain holes and D-rings for shackling unruly inmates. There is storage in the rear compartment and under storage for property boxes. Every aspect of the new vehicles was carefully thought out by Deputy Director Lee Sherman with an eye to the future of inmate transports in Alaska.

At the time of publication, these vehicles will have been used on two airlifts, bringing inmates from the Anchorage Airport to Goose Creek, as well as trips to FCC and WWCC. They are also being used for trips between the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage. The Officers who drive these on a daily basis have a lot of pride in this new equipment.

— Jimmie Wallace

Correctional Officer Academy 120 Graduates Class of 32

Academy #120 Graduates

A class of 32 Correctional Officers – six women and 26 men – representing seven institutions graduated from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #120 on May 10, 2013. The students spent six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, Effective Communication, Shotgun training, Taser training, One-On-One Control Techniques, Cultural Awareness and various other curriculums. Officers attending this Academy include nine military veterans and five officers who have relatives currently working for Alaska DOC. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers of Class #120.

— Dan Traxinger

Kodiak Probation Office Moves to New Location

Kodiak Probation Supervisor Jill Bunting reported on her office’s recent move to a new location: “In April we moved from the Courthouse, where our office had been located as long as anyone could remember, to the old Fish and Game building. When Fish and Game moved to a new location, work crews came in and remodeled the old Fish and Game building to each agency’s specifications. Chief Probation Officer Rebecca Brunger came to Kodiak and assisted with the move, which included helping us organize our work spaces to achieve maximum efficiency. What we have at our new location that we didn’t have before is more office space, a polygraph room, a safe and secure lobby, and a separate UA bathroom. We remain centrally located, close to the Courthouse, ferry terminal, and the boat harbor. Other benefits to the new location include a dedicated parking space for the State vehicle, ample off-street parking, a window to the lobby with a pass-through for documents, and a computer workstation at the window for us to streamline probationer reporting and entering data. Overall, it is just a more comfortable location that provides staff with better safety, security, and productivity, and space for us to serve our population better. It is just a really good fit for us and I’m glad we were able to make this move.”

PO Sullivan Receives Statewide Honors from American Legion

PO Clare Sullivan

Spring Creek Correctional Center’s PO II Clare Sullivan has been appointed Historian for the American Legion Department of Alaska and has also been honored with the Commander of the Year Award. The American Legion in Alaska represents over 100,000 veterans in the state and addresses issues that pertain to veterans educational and medical benefits and compensation for injuries sustained during military service. The American Legion in Alaska has 33 active posts in addition to outlying posts in Guam and Taiwan. Clare’s responsibilities as Historian include preserving and compiling the records of the American Legion Department of Alaska and its activities, ensuring an accurate documentation of events and preserving this information for future use and historical reference. Clare has worked for the Department of Corrections for just over 15 years and has been a correctional officer, institutional security and compliance sergeant, and now is serving as a probation officer.