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

Heavy Equipment SimulatorTraining Program at GCCC

The Goose Creek Correctional Center’s vocational programs are in full swing and growing. Earlier this year GCCC added a “NCCER Heavy Equipment Stimulator Level 1-3” using the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) curriculum guideline for Heavy Equipment Operations (HEO) and personal computer-based simulators developed by Simlog, Inc.

GCCC began its first “NCCER Heavy Equipment Simulator” course with six trainees in January 2015. After 4 months, the first group of trainees took the final exam in May 2015 with all six completing and passing the final program—congratulations!

“We see proof that an inmate’s experience and muscle memory from the simulators will decrease the learning curve when completing his training on real equipment on the outside,” said Gary Olsen, Criminal Justice Planner of Education.

On July 12-15, Simlog, Inc. representatives will be presenting the DOC-GCCC success story at the Annual Correctional Education Association’s 70th International Conference and Training Event in Arlington, Virginia. Thanks to Gary and his team, as well as GCCC Superintendent John Conant and his crew for providing this great resource to our six trainees. This is how reentry and recidivism reduction will become a reality—laying one “brick” at a time!

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GCCC HEO trainees using the Simlog Simulator Lab.

In it together…writings from the inside out

A few weeks ago DC Casto toured a not-for-profit work release center for women located in Indianapolis, Indiana. One program they have adapted for the women of Craine House is a class modeled on the national Inside-Out Prison Exchange program from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This version of the program is a partnership between university students and the women living at Craine House to discuss readings that focus on issues of poverty, social policy, drug use, abuse and a myriad of factors that impact the lives of incarcerated women. The next step was having the women construct stories of their lives, showing the events, trauma and misfortunes that led to the criminal justice system. Ultimately, the power of writing their personal stories, helped transform these women into strong, determine and productive citizens. I share with you my favorite poem from the book In it together…writings from the inside out.

Mirror, Mirror…

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Take her away, I don’t like her at all

Take away the bruised and broken girl I used to see

Bring back the other girl, that’s the real me

I like the girl with the smile and bright eyes

I like the me that doesn’t hurt inside

For the first time in a long time I saw her today

I had to smile back and ask her to stay
She looked determined, not defeated and frail

She looked so strong, not weak and pale

Mirror, mirror keep her around

She is not lost, she has been found

    ~Ashley, 2013

Upcoming SAMHSA Webinar on Support for Women in the Criminal Justice System!

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Women Unbarred:
Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with the Criminal Justice System

This webinar centers on the unique experiences, barriers to recovery and re-entry into society, that women often face during and after incarceration. Experts will address the experiences, needs, and resiliency of women involved with the correctional system, along with effective interventions, programs, policies, and partnerships to help women rebuild their lives. This presentation is designed for anyone working with women who have experienced incarceration, including community and in-custody treatment and recovery service providers.

 

July 23, 2015 at 3:00-4:30 PM ET (11:00 AM Alaska Time).

Click on the link below to register!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/414007177234505729

Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Hours from the National Board for Certified Counselors or NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, continuing education credits.

Join the discussion about women’s behavioral health on social media with hashtag #womenmatter2015.

DBH Awards New Re-Entry Services Contract

The Alaska DHSS Division of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with DOC, has awarded a re-entry services contract to Partners for Progress in Anchorage. The goal of this contract will be reached through collaboration with the community to provide needs-based services prioritized to high-risk offenders. The purpose of this Anti-Recidivism contract is to reduce the number of repeat crimes by former offenders in Alaska, thereby protecting the public, reducing public expenditures for incarceration and related costs, and providing a model for other collaborative re-entry programs in Alaska. The proposed services will reduce recidivism in the Anchorage re-entry population, increase active participation of community partners in the Anchorage re-entry initiative, and increase the number of partners and participants in the Anchorage re-entry community. It is anticipated that approximately 800 people in the Anchorage community will receive re-entry services through this contract. Services will include: case management, comprehensive community support services, referral to treatment, job readiness/job search services, and assistance toward obtaining safe, sober, and stable housing. Employment and stable housinghave been identified as major factors affecting re-entry and are the main two elements of this program. For further information please contact Alysa Wooden, DBH Re-Entry Coordinator
Alysa.Wooden@alaska.gov or (907) 264-0641.

Congratulations Graduates

Partnering for reentry success! The DOC, Department of Labor and the Alaska Heavy Equipment Operators Local 302 worked together to bring skills training, mentoring, coaching and confidence to six (6) Hiland Mountain Correctional Center students! “302’s” Administrator/Director Mike Holcomb and his team of instructors provided these six (6) HMCC women with the opportunity to receive pre-apprentice classes, gaining skills that are priceless in terms of employability upon release. On June 26 these six women graduated from the FY15 Heavy Equipment Local 302 Pre-Apprentice Program! Congratulations to each and every one of you and a big thank you to DOL and Local 302 for this opportunity and partnership. Thanks also to Gary Olsen DOC’s Criminal Justice Planner of Education. Way to go!

 

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Hiland Mountain Graduates