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Recruitment Advertisement

The State of Alaska, Department of Corrections, is recruiting for a Deputy Commissioner of Transition Services which will oversee all statewide probation, parole, pre-trial and community re-entry efforts. This position is responsible for oversight of all operations and policy implementation to ensure that probation, parole, pre-trial and re-entry goals and objectives are consistent and compatible with goals and objectives set by the department and administration.

Demonstrated leadership skills are an essential component of these positions. This position is assigned a duty station of Anchorage with an annual starting salary of $106,400 – $118,500 plus benefits. Salary will vary depending on experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume to the following address no later than September 9, 2016 to:

State of Alaska
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 112000
Juneau, AK 99811
Attention Recruitment: Brittany Hurlburt

Information may also be submitted via fax @ 907-465-8531 or e-mailed to Brittany.hurlburt@alaska.gov

The State of Alaska is an EEO/ADA employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made available to individuals with disabilities upon request to the Office of the Governor in advance.

CO 131 Graduation

Congratulations to the Basic Correctional Officer Academy #131 who graduated on Friday, 8/19/2016.

There were 32 officers from eight different facilities whom successfully completed the six weeks of instruction.

Class Speaker: LeighAnn Smith (HMCC)

Ethics Reader: Patrick Gonser (GCCC)

Valedictorian: Eric Fell (ACC)

Bethel Probation Officer Stops Escaped Inmate

PO Nick Charles of Bethel Probation assisted Troopers in apprehending an escaped inmate in Bethel recently.

PO Charles was punched in the jaw as he attempted to cuff the escapee; he is OK, a little sore, but OK thankfully.

Bethel Probation team members PO Justin Brandt, PO Lynn Carlson and PO Nick Charles deserve recognition for their efforts.

It was all hands on deck out there and Bethel PD and AST were certainly appreciative.

We appreciate you!

American Heart Association Certification at KCC

Congratulations to 88 inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center who so far in 2016, have completed American Heart Association Certification for either First Aid Basics or CPR/AED use and will receive certification cards from Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center that they can use to improve their job prospects in Ketchikan and elsewhere. James Washington, Randall Johanson, Billy Riggs, Josh Cowley, Scott Arrington and Zack Willard were in the most recent CPR class.

Spring Creek Correctional Center Intro to Business

Back in April, thirteen inmates at Spring Creek Correctional Center started an Introduction to Business class led by inmate Michael Lawson.

Following a syllabus that he wrote himself, Mr. Lawson used a variety of textbooks to teach his students about subjects ranging from writing a business plan to bankruptcy law. The purpose of the class was to prepare his students to pass the Introduction to Business exam from DSST. DSST exams are credit-by-examination tests that act as a way for non-traditional students to earn college credits.

Over the next few months, the class lost a few students here and there, but the majority remained to take their final exam on June 15.

After what felt like a long and arduous wait for the students, the results finally came in, and they were a success!

Passing the Introduction to Business exam through DSST represents, not only a personal achievement for the inmates, but means three college credits for them as well. The general consensus of the students was positive. Inmate Hodges says, “I took my case while still being in high school, so it was encouraging to know I’m capable of completing college classes and I want to continue to get a degree.” Other comments were complimentary to education, the teacher, and TIME Club for financial supporting this opportunity.

The inmates who completed the class were left to right, Carl Thompson, Lanolan Anderson, Dillon Hodges, Sean Jeffers, Nicholas Showers-Glover, Demond Snowden, Delano Hall, Keith Ferguson, and Christopher Kirlin. Instructor Michael Lawson stands next to PO III Monica Hinders in the back row.