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

19 Suboxone strips confiscated by GCCC staff

Goose Creek Correctional Center staff discovered 19 Suboxone strips in an envelope while processing inmate mail last week. Our diligent staff noticed pages of the mail stuck together, and as they worked to separate them, found several orange squares mostly covered in white paint, approximately one inch in size, glued to the pages.

Alaska Department of Corrections‘ staff work around the clock to keep drugs and other contraband out of our facilities. Once drugs are discovered, they’re turned over to the department’s Professional Conduct Unit (PCU).

PCU builds cases and works with other law enforcement entities — like the FBI – Federal Bureau of InvestigationAlaska State Troopers (Official) and the Drug Enforcement Administration — to go after drug traffickers.

This work and collaboration is critical to building a Safer Alaska.

#SaferAlaska #StrongerAlaska #MyAKGov

Lemon Creek COs complete investigator course

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Congratulations to the 21 Lemon Creek Correctional officers who recently attended and became certified Institutional Investigators.

The two day, 16-hour Institutional Investigator class was designed to provide correctional officers investigative guidelines, knowledge, and skills in order to affect prosecutable criminal cases and to assist Alaska State Troopers and DOC Investigators to properly preserve, document, and investigate crimes within DOC institutions.

Besides a written examination, investigators had to develop a plan to properly preserve and document the scene, and properly seize all of the potential evidence.

Some of the feedback from the students included:

“Best class I have taken in 10 years.”

“Very engaging. Kept the topic interesting and the class never became boring.”

“Loved this class!”

“Very interactive. Working through the tough cases was very informative.”

Instructors will be continuing visiting institutions around the state in order to help even more officers learn investigative techniques.

Fairbanks CO receives Life Saving Award

Fairbanks Correctional Officer II Raymond Newsome was recently awarded the department’s Life Saving Award for Exceptionally Meritorious Service saving the life of a prisoner during a suicide attempt at Fairbanks Correctional Center on July 25, 2018.

Officer Newsome’s rapid response and dedication to duty was abundantly clear after he discovered an inmate unresponsive in his cell. Multiple correctional officers and staff ultimately responded to the module to render aid to the prisoner. During this time, it was found that Officer Newsome demonstrated efficient and purposeful attempts to save the prisoner’s life.

He called for emergency medical responders, then continued to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation until medical arrived on scene. As a nurse prepared to begin CPR, she noticed that the prisoner was breathing and had a pulse.

The expedient work and efforts by Officer Newsome directly affected a positive outcome. Officer Newsom’s calm demeanor, swift actions and willingness to immediately provide care during this medical emergency likely prevented the death of the prisoner. This is testament to Officer Newsome’s professionalism, dedication and commitment to public service.

Correctional Officer II Newsome’s outstanding performance of duty is in good keeping with the finest traditions of the Alaska Department of Corrections and reflects great credit upon himself, the Department and the State of Alaska.


DOC releases August drug seizure report

Our correctional officers work diligently everyday to keep drugs and other contraband out of our facilities. When drugs are discovered, our Professional Conduct Unit works with other law enforcement entities to build cases that go after traffickers.

Thank you to all of our COs and PCU investigators for helping to build a Safer Alaska.

#MyAKGov #SaferAlaska


Watch: HMCC inmates decorate Teddy Bears for Salvation Army fundraiser

Some of the ladies from the Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility put their artistic talent to work to help support the The Salvation Army Alaska Division.

This weekend, the nonprofit will hold the Teddy Bear Tea event — all of the proceeds benefit local Salvation Army programs.

Learn more about the event, here: https://alaska.salvationarmy.org/…/e…/teddy-bear-tea-2018-1/

Watch the story: http://www.ktuu.com/video/?vid=492968291


Community in Unity at Anvil Mountain: Building connections

From Alaska Public Media: “How are people from rural Alaska connecting with their communities and their cultures while in prison, and preparing for what’s next? What could change to help prevent people from coming to prison in the first place?

This public conversation was recorded inside Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, Alaska on Aug. 29, 2018, with inmates, staff and other community members.”

Listen to the conversation by clicking, here: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/09/07/community-in-unity-building-connections/

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Pt. Mac stays busy during successful harvest season

Across Alaska, farmers are harvesting and showing of their beautiful and bountiful crops. At the Pt. MacKenzie Correctional Farm, a successful growing season means everyone stays busy.

So far, they’ve harvested:
🥦2,500 pounds of broccoli
👨‍🌾1,500 pounds of green cabbage
👩‍🌾1,000 pounds of Napa cabbage
🙃1,500 pounds of purple cabbage
👩‍🍳2,000 pounds of cauliflower
🍴1,200 pounds of celery
🥒7,000 pounds of cucumbers
🍅900 pounds of tomatoes
🍅200 pounds of cherry tomatoes
👨‍🍳3,000 pounds of zucchini squash

So, what do they do with all that? Well, some goes to our other facilities around the state, but much of it is donated to nonprofits who serve those in need.

Meet Assistant Superintendent Marianna Miranda : How the DOC crew got their start in public service

Did you miss our #tbt from last week on Facebook?  We introduced Assistant Superintendent Marianna Miranda from Spring Creek Correctional Center. She’s worked at the Seward prison since 1995, but before that she thought she might take a different path.

In 1986, she attended school in Hawaii studying Travel Industry Management.

“That is when I was introduced to all things Aloha and fell in love with the place, traditions, food and especially the people. Going to school in Hawaii was and is such a huge part of who I am still to this day. I thoroughly enjoyed college and my time there. I thought it was the most perfect place on earth and still do vacationing with my family there as much as possible,” she explained.

(She even married her husband on a Kona beach.)

When she returned home to Alaska, she worked in the travel industry in Anchorage. She says she “stumbled” into her law enforcement career while working at a hotel in Valdez. The chief of police had an opening for a dispatcher and convinced her to apply.

“The Valdez Police Department was such a positive and supportive bunch to work with that soon I had the confidence to apply and work as a jailer for the City of Seward’s Jail. While working for the Valdez Police Department I attended the Departments Correctional Academy.”

A few years later, she moved to Seward and worked at the local jail until she started her career at Spring Creek.

“The rest is as they say, history,” Marianna said. “I didn’t plan a career in corrections or law enforcement for that matter, but I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to work with so many talented and dedicated individuals along the way.”

Thank you for your dedication to Alaskans, Marianna. We’re grateful for everyday of your service to this department, this state, and your community.

Are you a DOC employee interested in sharing your public service story? If so, email public information officer Megan Edge at megan.edge@alaska.gov.