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

Probation Officers Meet for Regional Training

Anchorage PO Training

Regional Training: Anchorage

Fairbanks PO Training

Regional Training: Fairbanks

During the first week of June 2013 Probation/Parole Officers from around the state came together in Anchorage and Fairbanks for training. The training covered communication, ethics, secondary trauma, and LSI training. DPP would like to give a big thanks to the POs that suggested the trainers, the staff that made it happen, and our LSI training team. Everyone pulled together and did a great job!

— Director Carrie Belden

National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction Completes Alaska Portion

The National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC) Project has completed its inventory on Alaska's 492 statutes and regulations that create collateral consequences for offender reentry. The results are now available on NICC’s interactive website: www.abacollateralconsequences.org

The results will be reviewed by the Collateral Consequence workgroup, Chaired by Former DOC Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez, to analyze the results, report on the findings and develop a set of recommendations to make the restrictions more compatible with public safety. This includes developing a set of recommendations to make the information about restrictions more accessible and transparent to job seekers, employers workforce providers and state policymakers.

Inmate Artist Designs T-Shirts for Relay For Life Events

The Relay for Life T-Shirt project is an annual fund-raiser for cancer research and for victims of cancer in its various forms. The original designs of inmate artist John R Rice are posted here. “For me, this is partially about thinking outside the octagon; everything we do or do not do often has an immediate impact on our surroundings. We in prison are isolated from the world, but we can still make a difference,” said inmate Rice, regarding this project.

Works by Three Lemon Creek Inmates Published in Literary Journal

Shaka Levshakoff

LCCC inmate Shaka Levshakoff displays his copy of Tidal Echoes in the LCCC Library

Nathan Block

Former LCCC inmate Nathan Block

Former Lemon Creek Correctional Center inmate Nathan Block reads his “Poetic Memoir” at the University of Alaska Southeast Tidal Echoes Literary & Arts Journal launch in April at the Egan Lecture Hall in Juneau. The 2013 journal has works of poetry, short story, photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and essays contributed by 46 different writers and artists from around Southeast Alaska. Three LCCC inmates had work published in the 2013 edition; one of them is now in the Juneau halfway house, so he was invited to read his poem at the Tidal Echoes launch. All their poems were first published in the Lemon Creek Chronicle, a monthly in-house publication featuring original art and poetry by inmates. Announcements and other items of interest to inmates are also published in each issue.

Hiland Mountain Inmates Help with Trail Clean-Up

KCC inmates fold 3000 origami cranes

A team of six prisoners from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center provided community work service, providing assistance to the Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department. The inmates provided help with clean up at the Beach Lake Chalet and trail system, according to HMCC Superintendent Michael Gilligan. The HMCC prisoners will be providing assistance over the course of six days.

Ketchikan Inmates Fold 3,000 Origami Cranes

KCC inmates fold 3000 origami cranes

Several inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center learned of the Japanese story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. In discussing this story a group of inmates were challenged to give back to the community. The result of the discussion was the KCC Origami Challenge. The inmates were shown how to make cranes and learned that cranes, and origami in general, are about balance, something they should strive for in their own lives. For the challenge the inmates decided to fold 1,000 cranes out of recycled magazines. Over Memorial Day weekend 2,000 cranes had been fashioned by the men and another 1,000 by just five women. “They crushed this challenge and should be very proud of themselves for all that they accomplished and the good that these small tokens will bestow on someone they may never know,” said Superintendent Jessica Mathews. “Cost to the State: $0. Cost to do something selfless for another: $priceless.”

Editorial in the Ketchikan Daily News

DPP Support Staff Meet for Development Training

New DOC Buses

The Division of Probation & Parole recently gathered support staff from across the state for a three day development training at the DOC Training Academy in Palmer. The training included presentations on ACOMS, Payroll/AKPAY, Budget/AKSAS, Travel, Staff Safety, and APSIN. Thanks to all the participants, instructors, and DOC Academy staff for helping to ensure the success of the training.

— Keith Thayer

Wildwood Inmates Create Hats to Benefit Relay for Life

WTP Hats

In honor of those who have fought cancer, inmates at the Wildwood Transitional Program created and donated numerous pink hats to benefit the Central Peninsula Relay for Life, which was held June 1st. The hats were presented to event organizer Johna Beech, who said she was very thankful to those that created the hats and that they would either be given as prizes or auctioned. WTP hopes to fill the need next year and do twice as many hats!

Ketchikan Probation Officers Sworn to Duty

New DOC Buses

On May 24th, Judge Trevor Stephens conducted a swearing-in ceremony for Ketchikan Probation Officers Natalie White, Catherine Lepine and Mary Kay Havens. Assistant District Attorney James Scott and Chief Probation Officer Martie Correa spoke at the ceremony, which drew a superior turnout from all of Ketchikan’s agencies.