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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

Facilities Honored for Annual Directors Audit Performance

Four facilities were honored for the result received in this year’s Annual Directors Audit. Plaques were presented during the opening session of the Supervisor’s Conference At the Training Academy in Palmer. The No. 1 award went to Wildwood Correctional Center for large facilities and Ketchikan Correctional Center for smaller facilities. Runner-up awards went to Goose Creek Correctional Center and Mat-Su Pretrial (large, small facilities, respectively.) The awards were presented by Director Bryan Brandenburg and Deputy Director Lee Sherman.