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Spring Creek Honors 25-Year-Plus Veteran Employees

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Electrician Journey Tom Sawyer, Maintenance Foreman Byron Loomis, Correctional Officer III Terry Quiring, Correctional Officer III Carey Quiring. Not pictured: Office Assistant II Patti Johnson and Correctional Officer II Ferdinand Braun

Spring Creek Correctional Center offers its thanks and gratitude to the six dedicated individuals who have been here since the doors opened, or in a few cases, even before they were built. Maintenance Foreman, Byron Loomis, and Electrician Journey, Tom Sawyer, were both integral to the construction of the facility, Loomis as labor foreman and Sawyer as an electrician. They became full time employees of SCCC after construction was finished, and the facility opened in 1988. Braun, Johnson, and the Quirings all started work that same year. Terry Quiring and Carey Quiring (then Fillingim) met at the prison and married in 1994. Thank you for your years of continued service!

— Assistant Superintendent Bobby Lockeby

ACC East Echo Mod Jump Barriers Installation Complete

The Facilities Capital Improvement Unit recently completed two projects designed to prevent inmates from harming themselves by jumping from the mezzanine level of the housing units. Improvements were made at ACC-W Lima Mod and ACC-E Echo Mod. A collaborative effort for the best materials was thoroughly discussed prior to the final design. Superintendent Debbie Miller and her security staff were very helpful during the materials selection process. Polycarbonate clear panels were selected for the lower portion for better visibility coupled with expanded metal installed at the top of the barrier to prevent interference with smoke detection and sprinkler systems. A continual solid barrier from the hand rail to the ceiling would have interfered with the life safety systems and not received fire plan review approval. Facility Manager Dan Aicher was responsible for the design coordination and contractor oversight. Both projects were completed successfully on time and within budget. Staff relocation of inmates normally housed in the Mods was another logistical challenge that took careful consideration and planning. Close coordination between ACC security and Facilities staff was the key to the success of the project. Thanks to all for your continued professionalism and dedication.

— Clif Reagle

Kodiak Probation Office Partners with Mentoring Program

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From left, Donna Ruch, volunteer; Teresa Slaughter, Program Director; Lucien Bernard, Celebrate Recovery; Jill Bunting, Adult Probation; and Amy Miller, volunteer

The Kodiak District Probation & Parole Office, in partnership with local community members Jeff and Teresa Slaughter, have teamed up to develop the Kodiak Area Mentor Program (KAMP). Jeff and Teresa Slaughter have years of mentoring experience in Kodiak and in Oregon and have a desire to use their skills to reach out to others in the Kodiak area. This is a faith-based program with five phases: Jail Mentorship; Community Mentorship; Juveniles; a business venture run by mentees and staffed by mentees; and finally, the big goal of someday opening a transitional living center in Kodiak. KAMP mentors will spend time with individuals who need assistance in getting their lives on a pro-social track and need living examples in their lives of what it looks like to have a clean and sober life.

Our first meeting with the core group of individuals who will assist us in training and development was held April 22nd at the Kodiak Regional Office Building. Representatives from Brother Francis Shelter, Providence Safe Harbor, Celebrate Recovery, Providence Hospital, Bayside Fire Department, local businesses, and churches were in attendance. Our next meeting will be May 9th at Providence Hospital. This will be a community-wide meeting to introduce the KAMP program to everyone in the community, to raise awareness, and to recruit more mentors. Chaplain Brenda Nagunst, Executive Director of Alaska Correctional Ministries, and Rebecca Brunger, Chief Probation Officer for Region One, will be present at this meeting to address the community.

Our Vision: Help all people choose to have a good life in spite of their past, no matter how bad they feel about themselves. Educate others that their lovability does not come from their own understanding of themselves, but rather from their actions towards others.

— PO III Jill Bunting

Goose Creek Conducts Inaugural SPOT Graduation

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The Goose Creek Correctional Center held its first SPOT Dog graduation ceremony Friday, April 4th.  The following dogs, graduates of the program, will be available for adoption:

  • Sadie is a German Shepherd mix.  Her winter coat is brownish; as summer approached her coat shows more shepherd characteristics. Sadie is very curious about what is going on around her and loves to run.  Sadie loves to play keep away with the ball.  Sadie is very gentle and lovable. Sadie has learned how to sit, lay down and shake.  She has also learned the command “no.” She is kennel trained and house broken. Sadie has learned to be more confident and has become much more comfortable around people than she was when she arrived.
  • Faith has learned to heel, fetch, lay down, wait, and has developed patience and temperance.  She has learned to walk by the handler’s side when off leash. Faith has also learned her name. Faith is a brindle boxer mix that is brown and black with white on her face. She is well muscled with a good coat and healthy skin.  She is very playful.
  • Carley has learned a lot of patience and many commands.  She gets her leash when she wants to go out.  She has learned that she does not have to eat her food immediately when it is given to her.  She also has learned to be comfortable in her kennel. She can sit and stay, lay down, and heel.  She can also do tricks with treats by leaving them on her paws and not taking them until told to do so. Carley can also shake hands. Carley is a 9-month-old golden retriever and black lab mix.  She has a very black, thick, and shiny coat.  She loves to play fetch and soccer.  She also loves baths. Carley is a wonderful dog.
  • Tank has learned to sit, lay down, stay, come, shake, fetch and walk on a leash.  Tank has also learned to sit and wait for the release command before eating. Tank is a brown brindle and white malamute-pitbull mix. He loves to play and is full of energy.
  • Annabell has learned basic obedience such as sit, stay, lay down, kennel up, stay, heel etc.  Annabell can also do tricks such as hold a treat on her nose until she is told she can have it.  Annabell also responds to hand signals. Annabell is a three year old yellow lab mix that weighs about 60 pounds and is very energetic and friendly.  Annabell is a very well behaved dog.
  • Mac (who has been adopted) has learned the basics such as sit, stay, kennel up, wait at doors, how to play fetch and drop toys.  Mac also has learned how to walk on a leash without pulling.  Mac can roll over and leave treats. Mac is an 80-pound black lab and will make a great pet.

Interested in adopting?

Juneau Central Office Marks End of Era

Monday marks the beginning of the physical move of the Juneau Central Office from Douglas to a temporary location at the Bill Ray Center, which is located near the Federal Building in downtown Juneau. For the past few weeks, JCO staff have been separating that which is needed from that which is not. Furniture has been marked for storage, surplus or relocation. The move was needed in order to vacate the Douglas State Office Building for a 15-month, $18 million renovation which is set to begin around the end of April. In all, 43 DOC staff members will move. DOC moved into its current location in 1995. One of their first tasks was to scan thousands of pages of documents, allowing the original pages to be recycled or shredded.

Department of Corrections Champions Message: Choose Respect

Beginning in 2009, the Governor has championed ‘ending the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault’ in Alaska, through a series of marches, rallies and community events focused on the theme: ‘Choose Respect.’  This year five from our department were asked by the Governor to lead these events around the state. Commissioner Joe Schmidt and Deputy Commissioner Leslie Houston led ‘Choose Respect’ events in Kiana and Kotzebue, while Deputy Directors Sherrie Daigle and Lee Sherman led events in Angoon and Hooper Bay, respectively. Inmate Health Care Director Laura Brooks  led the Choose Respect event in Galena.  Events included marches, community potluck lunches and events for youth and children.