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

DOC talks reentry at Bear Tooth

Corrections and criminal justice is a complex beast, sometimes hard to explain and hard to understand. So last week we did something a little bit different — we decided to host and start a community conversation about what it takes for someone to be successful in society after being released from prison.

In Alaska, two out of three individuals recidivate after release from incarceration. Collateral consequences are large and impact every community throughout the state. One successful reentrant empowers not only themselves, but also their children and families. Their success directly affects ours; when we help a transitioning individual, we are helping our neighbors, our local businesses and ultimately the place we all call home. This is a hand-up not a hand-out; they cannot do it alone.

We want to thank everyone from the community who attended. We hope this was just the start of a much larger conversation about reentry, and that it was just one of many conversations between DOC and the community.

A big shout of to our panelists; Professionals from Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc., Alaska Ironworkers, New Life Development-Anchorage, and Alaska Public Media, and the three reentrants who clawed their way through the criminal justice system. Thank you, your work and determination is inspiring.

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100-plus Goose Creek inmates graduate programs

The rain didn’t stop the graduation ceremony for 112 inmates, at Goose Creek, who received certificates and diplomas for a variety of programs last week.

Deputy Commissioner Clare Sullivan gave the keynote address at the event, which was attended by DOC employees, community members, inmates and family.

The Alaska Department of Labor also participated in the ceremony, and we’re happy they did. DOL is a significant contributor to many of the skill building programs for reentrants.

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Pitfalls & Perseverance: The Journey of a Reentrant

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In Alaska, two out of three individuals recidivate after release from incarceration. Collateral consequences are large and impact every community throughout the state. One successful reentrant empowers not only themselves, but also their children and families. Their success directly affects ours; when we help a transitioning individual, we are helping our neighbors, our local businesses and ultimately the place we all call home. This is a hand-up not a hand-out; they cannot do it alone (it takes a village to raise a child).

So join us, on August 25. Everyone’s welcome and admission is free. 

Shooting Competition at Spring Creek

On a weekend in May, SCCC
sponsored the first “Invitational 3 Gun Competition” in Limited and Tactical
Divisions. The event was open to all and attended by a healthy mix of private citizens,
army and law enforcement–and all were invited to feast on the BBQ provided by
Spring Creek’s Employee Assistance Program. 

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And the results are…

Tactical Division
1st 
Ben H. Anchorage 157.17
2nd  Pat M. SPD 170.65
3rd  Greg B. SCCC 179.24
4th  Scott C. Kenai 194.67
5th  Justin L. Anchorage 204.27
6th  Rusty T. Eagle River 227.15
7th  Josh E. Anchorage 242.31
8th  Gene V. Anchorage 294.26
9th  John W. Anchorage 301.72
10th  Nick W. Anchorage 307.42
11th  Julia W. Anchorage 327.71
12th  Darren W. SCCC 351.77
13th  Mike H. Anchorage 379.20
14th  Robert S. SCCC 677.26

Limited Division
1st 
Ben H Anchorage 148.34
2nd  Pat M. SPD 183.96
3rd  Greg B. SCCC 184.05
4th  Scott C. Kenai 201.44
5th  John W. Anchorage 250.47
6th  Patrick B. SCCC 261.91
7th  Nick W. Anchorage 262.19
8th  Julia W. Anchorage 306.14
9th  Darren W. SCCC 356.70
10th  Bobby E. Anchorage 383.65
11th  Leif B. Seward 522.62

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/