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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