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Lemon Creek Holds Annual Success Inside & Out Conference

Photo of Education Coordinator Paul McCarthy and banner designer Anne Marie Morris

Education Coordinator Paul McCarthy and banner designer Anne Marie Morris

The sixth annual Success Inside & Out conference was a day-long event sponsored by the Alaska Court System in collaboration with Lemon Creek Correctional Center and local halfway house Gastineau Human Services. The conference featured information, entertainment, and inspiration to help sentenced inmates releasing within two years to make it on the outside after releasing from prison. There were talks, music and singing, and the ever popular fashion show featuring how to dress for a job interview …and now NOT to dress. There was a panel of former inmates (called “How to Stop the Revolving Door,” moderated by head community PO Brett Wilson), and eight panel sessions. The panels focused on: addiction treatment and mental health options; exploring life’s necessities #1: housing, food, and medical services; exploring life’s necessities #2: legal and banking services; personal fitness and strength training; employment and education opportunities in Juneau; reconnecting to one’s spiritual self; healthy relationships and reconnecting to family; and last but not least, success on probation and parole.

— Education Coordinator Paul McCarthy