AK DOC Today

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

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.