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

Families in Transition Project

Goose Creek Correctional Center is proud to team up with Families in Transition to assist disadvantaged youth in the community. Over the past few months Goose Creek inmates have been knitting, excuse me “crocheting” sets of mittens and hats to donate to the Families in Transition project. Inmates Derek Berry and Mark Anderson volunteered to help teach novice crocheters the art of crocheting. Altogether the guys were able to crochet over 50 sets of hats and mittens of assorted size, style, and color. The inmates enjoyed the activity stating, “In a way it’s kind of therapeutic, plus, it always feels good to help out when you can.” Great job Goose Creek!

Spring Creek DSST Exams

Spring Creek inmates stand with certificates recognizing their achievement in passing DSST exams. DSST exams are credit-by-examination tests that can be used by non-traditional students as a means of earning college credits. T.I.M.E, an inmate-led club at Spring Creek overseen by President Jerry Douglas OB# 331809, has recently begun sponsoring the exam fee for inmates who wish to take the exam. Additionally, T.I.M.E , has begun amassing a library of text books, allowing inmates to study for and take the exams, who would otherwise not be able to afford it. Education Coordinators at SCCC oversee the library and proctor exams for inmates when they are ready to test. Of the four inmates who have tested, all have passed their exams. To commemorate this achievement and give the students a tangible representation of their accomplishment, I/M Jerry Douglas and I/M Mike Lawson #226446, also a member of T.I.M.E, designed certificates that could be awarded to students after they pass an exam. In the photographs: I/M Keane Crawford # 452346, I/M Jerry Douglas #331809, I/M Michael Adams #420987, and I/M Benjamin Rucker #514531 all hold their certificates.

Spring Creek Share Campaign Silent Auction

Spring Creek Correctional Center held its annual Alaska Share silent auction on November 18th and 19th. Each year, the silent auction has gotten better and better, and this year was no exception . All of the items up for bid were donated by generous staff members and local businesses. Among the many amazing items up for bid this year was a Resurrection Bay Tour with lunch on Fox Island for two people, donated by Kenai Fjord Tours. Pilot and Mental Health Clinician III, Dennis Perry donated an hour long flight-seeing tour on his Cessna 180 float plane. Robert Pack, a CO II at SCCC, donated three halibut fishing trips on his boat. Other items up for bid included beautiful handmade crafts and jams, clothing, knitwear, quilts, and a two night stay in a fully equipped cabin with a hot tub. SCCC would like to thank everyone who donated or bid on items at this year’s silent auction. Because of you, the auction was a huge success, generating over $4300 for the Alaska Share charitable giving campaign!

Auction Items on Display

Items Up For Bid at the Spring Creek 2015 Alaska Share Silent Auction

Fairbank’s Electronic Monitoring Food Service Job Training

On October 23, 2015, Fairbanks Electronic Monitoring participants’ Michael Dark and Katherine Eisenman and probationer Andrea Moutrey completed Tier 1 of the Food Service Job Training program offered by Bread Line Inc. This 12 week long “Stones Throw” program is the first of two Tiers with final graduation expected in mid-December. Probation officer’s Ron Winkelman and Zoe Sutton look forward to attending this important moment in their lives as well. Participants attend class Monday through Friday for approximately 6 hours each day. Not only do they learn culinary skills, but learn life skills that help them to reenter society as employable and better rounded individuals. Without the financial cooperation of Vocational Rehabilitation, this type of training for these individuals would be difficult to obtain. Thank you to Jennifer Jolis, Executive Director, and Chef Sara Sedriks for your support and guidance in this valuable program.

Congratulations to Michael, Katherine, and Andrea!

Photo of Food Services Job Training Program

Academy #129 Graduation

Friday November 6, 2015 Correctional Academy #129 successfully graduated 27 new Correctional Officers. These Officers came to the Academy from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Goose Creek and Seward. The came to the Academy as individuals and after 6 weeks they graduated a cohesive team.

Guest Speakers for the event included Deputy Commissioner Diane L. Casto and Acting Director Dean Marshall. They provided positive words of encouragement for the new Officers returning to their institutions.

Congratulations Academy #129 on your continued success.

Photo of DOC staff at Nome-Beltz High School Career Fair