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Meet Hiland Mountain Probation

For Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week, we wanted to introduce some of our dedicated staff from around the state. We thank all of our pretrial, probation, and parole officers, who work daily to ensure public safety in our communities.

Meet DOC’s Hiland Mountain Probation Officers  

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Read Governor Bill Walker’s proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/07/pretrial-probation-and-parole-officers-week/

 

Meet the Anchorage Probation office

For Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week, we wanted to introduce some of our dedicated staff from around the state. We thank all of our pretrial, probation, and parole officers, who work daily to ensure public safety in our communities.

Meet our Anchorage Probation Office

The Department of Corrections’ Anchorage Probation Office is the largest in Alaska. The office supervises offenders on probation or parole for various crimes. While our officers primarily focus on public safety, they work endlessly to help offenders become successful in our communities.’

The supervisors 

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(From left to right: Rebecca Reed, Johnny Spence, Rob Carlson, Jeff Norris, Dwayne Hanson. Not Pictured: Juliet Stoudenmire)

Unit 1 — Mental health, sex offender, and generic

Over the last year, Unit 1 has had an extensive overhaul after losing several PO’s to other life opportunities. After adding 3 new probation officers to the unit quickly adapted to the change in supervision strategies. Unit 1 further contributed to the new direction of the department and provided input into some DPP policy and procedures rewrites.

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 (From left to right:Tito Guzman, Debra Entsminger, Jeff Norris – Supervisor, Jeanette Bartz, Christy Berggren, Caleb Lovelace)

Unit 2 — Sex Offender

Unit 2 consists of one supervisor and seven field PO’s. By implementing the Containment Model of Sex Offender Supervision we supervise approximately 400 offenders convicted of sex offenses. In the last year, this unit has worked as a team, through staff shortages that made their caseloads be as high as 75 offenders, to ensure public safety.  

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(From left to right: Shane Cooper, Matt Matthews, Jessica Yurkew, Julie Beesley, Jesse Tigner, Cheng Vang, Karl Hermann (Not Pictured: Brian Clausson, Rob Carlson – Supervisor)

Unit 3 – APO Training

The Training Unit is the starting line for every PO’s career.  We get introduced to the computer system, document recognition and file organization and maintenance. We review policies and manuals that the state provides to inform new officers of the rules that govern them. New officers are provided on the job training on how to interact with returning citizens, provide responsible supervision, and get introduced to community agencies participating in the re-entry movement.

The Training Unit brings about excitement and energy to the field of probation and parole as they await their turn to attend the academy and begin their duties to protect the public.

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(From left to right: Rebecca Reed – Supervisor, Maria Wallace, Andrea Kuckertz (Not Pictured: Jason Waller, Kerry Porche, Valerie Dawson, Tristian Monterastelli, Jesse Murray)

Unit 4 — Interstate/Generic

Days in the Interstate/Generic Unit Four are fluid and often full of surprises. Unit Four consists of probation officers with a variety of backgrounds, with a focus on re-entry. We have probation officers with decades of experience with the DOC, a Training and STG officer, and a probation officer with working knowledge of the different programs our community offers, including therapeutic courts and Chanlylut. Over the last year we have successfully transitioned PO Newton and PO Prieksat into the Interstate Compact positions. As a cohesive unit, we pride ourselves on effective communication and the ability to assist each other and other units in time of need.  

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(From left to right: Karen Newton, Denise McKenzie, Erika Prieksat, Ann Fallico, Justin Brozovsky (Not Pictured: Lana Grist, Travis Morris, Juliet Stoudenmire – Supervisor)

Unit 5– PACE/Generic

The PACE/Generic unit handles both generic probation and parole cases, as well as PACE probation and parole offenders. The PACE program is a structured program that involves special court and parole hearings when offenders commit violations. The goal is to integrate them in the community surrounded by substance abuse treatment and other services to increase their chances at success. The POs on this unit are dedicated professionals committed to community safety and offender rehabilitation.  

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(From left to right: Sean Ensign, Joshua Kopp, Eileen Farrar, Johnny Spence – Supervisor, Jeffrey Fonseca, Scott Love (Not Pictured: Jennifer Mariscal, Casey Vanasse)

Read Governor Bill Walker’s proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/07/pretrial-probation-and-parole-officers-week/

Meet DOC’s Ketchikan

For Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week, we wanted to introduce some of our dedicated staff from around the state. We thank all of our pretrial, probation, and parole officers, who work daily to ensure public safety in our communities.

Meet our Ketchikan office

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We are so proud of the staff at the Ketchikan office for the great work they do, day in and day out. They are a team of 3 Probation Officers and 2 CJT’s. They are a positive bunch. They supervise offenders in the city of Ketchikan, Metlakatla, on the Prince of Wales Island, and Hyder, Alaska. Many communities in the Ketchikan district are accessible only by ferry or airplane. The Ketchikan Probation Office has been extremely successful in partnering with local law enforcement and other agencies to guide the probationers and parolees down the right path, while focusing on public safety. 

Read Governor Bill Walker’s proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/07/pretrial-probation-and-parole-officers-week/

Meet DOC’s Fairbanks Probation Office

For Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week, we wanted to introduce some of our dedicated staff from around the state. We thank all of our pretrial, probation, and parole officers, who work daily to ensure public safety in our communities.

Meet our Fairbanks office 

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Fairbanks
has a great staff that do wonderful work in the Interior. Like many of our other offices, who cover a large swatch of Alaska, our Fairbanks crew’s area extends from the Alaska Range to the Brookes Range (more than 37 percent of the state). Many communities Fairbanks supervises, are accessible by boat or small airplane, with no road connection. We are thankful for their ability to be the "hub" of the Northern Region and provide help and resources to those who need their guidance. Their expertise and knowledge is often an integral part of public safety in our rural communities. 

Read Governor Bill Walker’s proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/07/pretrial-probation-and-parole-officers-week/

Meet DOC’s Palmer Probation Office

For Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week, we wanted to introduce some of our dedicated staff from around the state. We thank all of our pretrial, probation, and parole officers, who work daily to ensure public safety in our communities.

Meet our Palmer Probation Office

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The Alaska Department of Corrections’ Palmer District Office supervises those of probation and parole in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley — extending as north as Cantwell, east to Mentasta, and south to Valdez and Cordova.

Read Governor Bill Walker’s proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/07/pretrial-probation-and-parole-officers-week/

Meet DOC’s Kodiak Probation Office

For Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week, we wanted to introduce some of our dedicated staff from around the state. We thank all of our pretrial, probation, and parole officers, who work daily to ensure public safety in our communities.

Meet our Kodiak Probation Office:

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Our Kodiak Probation Office supervises those on probation or parole in Kodiak, and six surrounding villages — Ouzinkie, Port Lions, Larsen Bay, Karluk, Old Harbor, and Akhiok. But — there is only one probation officer.

Read Governor Bill Walker’s proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/07/pretrial-probation-and-parole-officers-week/

Meet DOC’s Bethel Probation office

For Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week, we wanted to introduce some of our dedicated staff from around the state. We thank all of our pretrial, probation, and parole officers, who work daily to ensure public safety in our communities.

Meet the Bethel District Office

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The Bethel District Office covers a large area of Western Alaska, and part of Interior. Bethel is a hub community for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and is home to about 6,000 people. 

Read Governor Bill Walker’s proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/07/pretrial-probation-and-parole-officers-week/

After 20-plus years with DOC, Jesse Self retires

It’s been more than 20 years since Jesse Self took his first job with the Department of Corrections. It was March 23, 1995 and he was appointed as a CO I. In the years that followed, Self would work his way through the ranks, accepting numerous promotions, and eventually becoming a Superintendent III. But on the last day of June, Self said goodbye to DOC.

Effective July 1, Self retired.

We appreciate his long service to our department and wish him well with the next chapter.

Anvil Mountain inmates receive Hazwoper certification

Inmates at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center gathered
during the week of June 12
th to certify in a Hazwoper training
course. The topics covered included, Hazwoper regulations, safety and
health plans, hazardous chemicals, safety hazards, air monitoring, medical
surveillance, site control, decontamination, personal protective equipment, and
respiratory equipment.

“I loved this class. It took my mind off of things to be out
of the quad, and I learned a lot about handling hazardous materials,” said
inmate Ransom Bradley.

In addition to a newly acquired skillset, the course also
offered inmates a hopeful outlook for when they release from custody.

Inmate Vincent Matthias, of Stebbins, said, “Classes like
this give me a positive outlook for when I get out…that I have something that I
can do other than use alcohol and drugs.”

Inmate Kenneth Smith of Nome plans to bring the
knowledge he learned in the course to his community. He said, “Knowing exactly
how I can protect the

environment and the people of my community means a lot to
me.”

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