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

Anvil Mountain Inmate Volunteers Clean Section of Nome-Teller Highway

On the 4th of July holiday weekend, Correctional Officers Robert Grubb and Sherry Gilbert escorted minimum custody inmates on a road clean up. Anvil Mountain Correctional Center adopted four miles of the Nome-Teller Highway. Each year, an community work service inmate crew clear debris and trash from the roadside. The inmates enjoy being outside of the facility, and local motorists appreciate the effort and honk, offer a thumbs up or sometimes stop to thank staff and the inmates for their community service.

— CO II Jennifer O’Connor

Anvil Mountain Inmates Complete Small Engine Repair Class

At Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center, the education department offers various programs and courses with a goal of provides inmates with better lifestyle choices, new trades, and better education. Howard Appel, Education Coordinator, has over 20 years at the facility. One of the programs that is offered is Small Engines Repair, taught by Brian Marvin, who is a teacher at Nome-Beltz High School. The class gives inmates the opportunity for a new trade which can be beneficial toward their reintegration into society. This year, the class included five inmates who repaired a four wheeler that was pushed into the shop by inmates, repaired the engine and other issues found. After completion, the four wheeler was driven out under its own power by the instructor.

— CO II Jennifer O’Connor

Anvil Mountain Conducts ANSAT Treatment Program

Photo of ANSAT Graduating Class

ANSAT Graduating Class

The Alaska Native Substance Abuse Treatment (ANSAT) Program, consisting of 15, two-part lessons each focus on different Alaska Native Values, is continuing at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome. The program also includes eight Anger Management Modules and an Exam as well as Addiction/Health Education information, handouts and worksheets; and Relapse Prevention information, handouts and worksheets. ANSAT is a 5-week program, so participants will have a greater opportunity to graduate from the program before they are transferred or released from AMCC. There will only be 8 to 10 participants allowed in the program at one time. There will be two sessions a day, each session lasting 1 ½ hours, four days a week (Monday – Thursday). Kelly Strass, Nome ANSAT Program Coordinator, has been teaching in the institution for three years. On August 7th her most recent class graduated with 14 inmates.

Female Inmates at Anvil Mountain Gain New Skills

Photo of female AMCC inmates with gifts they created

Here at Anvil Mountain Correctional facility, female inmates have either learned a new trade or enhanced their skills by crocheting hats, neck-warmers and stuffed animals for children around the Nome and Kotzebue region. These thoughtful gifts will be distributed to the Nome Children’s Home and Womens Shelter, as well as to the Kotzebue Womens Shelter and the Putyuk Children’s Home. AMCC gets yarn, stuffing and plastic crochet hooks donated to the facility and in return we give back to the communities the friendly gifts. This program is modeled after a similar program at Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel, where female inmates crocheting hats, booties, and baby blankets for newborns in the region. We always welcome donations of yarn: if you would like to donate please send to:

Anvil Mountain Correctional Center
P.O. Box 730
Nome, AK 99762

Vocational Education Graduation Held at Goose Creek

Goose Creek Correctional Center held its inaugural Vocational Education graduation ceremony recognizing 70 inmates for their academic accomplishments. Graduation is an event that symbolizes both effort and achievement. The event, held September 24th, was an opportunity for the graduates to celebrate their achievements with friends and family. Local unions and labor organizations were invited as well. The event was a huge success thanks to the hard work put forth by students, Education Coordinators and Correctional Staff. Deputy Commissioner Ronald Taylor was the keynote speaker. Director Bryan Brandenberg and CJP Gary Olsen also addressed the graduates. The ceremony included a catered lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Program participants. Due to the great weather, guests could mingle outside with their family and the students got a chance to meet possible future employers. Goose Creek is dedicated to providing rehabilitative programs that are likely to reduce recidivism.

— Education Coordinator Terrence Glaze