AK DOC Today

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

July 2015 HMCC Graduation

Congratulations to the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center GED/Vocation Graduates. This HMCC Graduation Vocation Programs included: Plumbing, Electrical, and Carpentry/Scaffolding courses awarded by Ilisagvik College. Certificates for six Apprenticeships and ten Pre-Apprenticeships were awarded through the US Department of Labor and the Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center (AVTEC). Hiland Mountain also celebrated the completion of six GED exams; the HMCC GED program is measured by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and the GED Ready Practice Tests.


Despite rain, wind, and the occasional swarm of hungry yellow jackets, the Fairbanks Electronic Monitoring unit and LSSAT Aftercare Group held its first Annual Corn Hole (bag toss) Tournament and Barbeque on August 5, 2015 at the Chena Wayside Campground.

Spearheaded by EM supervisor Ron Winkelman and Probation Officer Zoe Sutton, the community activity was enthusiastically supported by DOC staff, LSSAT aftercare group attendees and electronic monitoring inmates alike. The tournament was the third such activity in which EM inmates who exhibited excellent performance while on EM had an opportunity to enjoy some downtime in the community all while being supervised by DOC staff. Inmates and DOC staff provided food and drinks as well as the necessary equipment to hold the tournament.
In a dramatic turn of events, the EM team consisting of Joe Barnes and Joe Larson came charging out of the “loser’s bracket” to topple the undefeated duo of PO Winkelman and PO Sutton to take the title of corn hole champions.

At the conclusion of the evening, PO Winkelman and PO Sutton arrested a known absconder with a probation warrant who, unbeknownst to him, just happened to be wandering by the DOC sponsored event.

Prior activities hosted by the EM unit included glow putt golf and bowling; and just like the corn hole tournament, provided an opportunity for staff and returning citizens to connect on a more realistic level in the community rather than just through the typical office contact.

Spring Creek Awarded by White House

Spring Creek was happy to support the White House Communications Agency during the presidential visit to the City of Seward and the surrounding area by providing needed support for securing sensitive equipment and a vehicle that was used throughout the week immediately preceding and during President Obama’s visit. The President came to Seward to view significant glacier formations in and around the city and in Resurrection Bay as part of his efforts in highlighting the impact of climate change. As Spring Creek Correctional Center has the most secure area for storage in the community this was the ideal location to store and monitor the sensitive items with 24/7 surveillance. As Spring Creek Correctional Center and the Seward Police Department have an excellent working relationship it was an easy assist for the police department and all was secure and readily available when White House Communications Agency staffers came to the facility to obtain their equipment throughout the week.

-Clare Sullivan, Correctional Superintendent