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

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Listen: What role is DOC play in the criminal justice system?

Commissioner Williams joined Justice Alaska co-hosts Senior Judge Elaine Andrews and Shelly Wozniak, to take a look at life “behind the walls” of Alaska’s prisons.

Click the link below to learn more about what role the correctional system plays in the criminal justice system, what DOC is doing to lower the recidivism rate, and much more.

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‘Cultivating a Positive Future’ at PMCF

Take a look at the new sign at the Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm. The sign was custom made by inmates, who even chose the slogan — “Cultivating a Positive Future.”

To pick the slogan, inmates got to submit suggestions and then vote.

The hand carved wooden bear was completed right before the Palmer Correctional Center shutdown and has now found it’s place at the farm.

Meet the GCCC Employee of the Year

Officer Angela Lincoln started her career with the State of Alaska Department of Corrections on May 15, 2014 at Goose Creek Correctional Center. She was voted employee of the month by her peers for her vigilance of constantly being watchful of potential dangers and threats within her area of work. Her dedication to DOC and to the facility she works at has not gone unnoticed — from arriving on time everyday, to finishing the tasks presented to her, to giving 110 percent every time.

Please join us in congratulating Correctional Officer Lincoln as the facilities employee of the year.

Sobering Center’s first months show success in alcohol treatment

“Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams toured the center Tuesday morning and said he was incredibly pleased with the effort he’s seen on this project. 

‘I’m super excited about this place because this is about the best story there is about how a community has come together,’ Williams said. ‘This is the best thing that has happened in this particular effort in my two years as commissioner.’

Before Fairbanks had such a facility, emergency responders would often take intoxicated people to Fairbanks Correctional Center or to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, neither of which are designed to be sobering centers,'” the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

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Governor Walker sings proclamations recognizing COs and Nurses

This week is a big week for DOC, its National Correctional Officers Week and National Nurses Week. Both roles are critical to the daily functions of each of our facilities and to public safety.

Yesterday, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed proclamations that recognize the hard work these men and women do day in and day out.

Thank you to all of our COs and nurses. The work you do does not go unnoticed. We’re thankful for your dedication to serving Alaskans.

Spring Creek CO receives DOC Life Saving Award

Today, we’re recognizing a Spring Creek correctional officer recently awarded a life saving award for his work.

Here are the details of his well-deserved recognition:

TO: Correctional Officer II Darren Withrow
FOR: Exceptionally Meritorious Service while attempting to save the life of a prisoner during a suicide attempt at Spring Creek Correctional Center on 08/21/2017. Officer Withrow’s rapid response and dedication to duty was evidenced when a prisoner was found hanging and unresponsive in his cell. Multiple correctional officers and staff responded to the module to render aid to the prisoner. During this time, it was found that Officer Darren Withrow, demonstrated efficient and purposeful attempts to save the prisoner’s life. Officer Withrow cut the prisoner down, quickly removed the ligature from his neck, and began to take complete charge of the situation by coordinating the life-saving efforts. Officer Withrow called for emergency medical responders, continued to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation, oversaw the application of the automated external defibrillator, and the extraction of the prisoner. The expedient work and direction by Officer Withrow with responding staff is evidenced by the fact it was only six minutes from the time the prisoner was discovered, to the time he was transported out to an ambulance. Through the coordinated efforts and direction of Officer Withrow, expedient efforts were demonstrated in attempting to save a prisoner’s life. Correctional Officer II Withrow’s outstanding performance of duty is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Alaska Department of Corrections and reflects great credit upon himself, the Department and the State of Alaska.

Watch Ofc. Withrow receive his award:


Inmates prepare for work at Kenai cannery

“Since Wildwood began allowing selected groups of inmate volunteers to hold jobs at Kenai’s fish processors in 2012, the inmates have been bused daily between the prison and their workplaces. When the work-release inmates go to work at the canneries this year, they’ll be living under electronic monitoring in dormitories on-site. Room and board costs will be paid from their wages.

Inmates in the last year of their sentence can apply to work 12-14 hour shifts at the canneries. Those who pass a screening test earn minimum wage plus overtime. The program had 20 participants its first year, and has had up to 50 participants since, said Wildwood Superintendent Shannon McCloud,” the Peninsula Clarion reported.

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Officers confiscate 100-plus Tramadol pills at Mat-Su Pretrial

Thanks to the due diligence of correctional officers at Mat-Su Pretrial, 157 Tramadol pills were collected as evidence last Thursday. The officers discovered the pills during a shakedown of a housing unit. Alaska State Troopers took possession the pills.

Discoveries like this one are critical to ensuring the safety of staff and other inmates. We thank our officers for their hard work and dedication to serving Alaskans.

This incident is currently under investigation by DOC’s Professional Conduct Unit (PCU). When illicit drugs are discovered in one of our facilities, PCU works with other law enforcement agencies to build cases that go after drug traffickers.