AK DOC Today

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

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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Cordova Center raises money for Beans Café

On Saturday, the Cordova Center raised money for a local nonprofit that works every day to feed the hungry. By the end of the day, the group had raised $424 for Beans Cafe. Not bad for a day’s work.
The facility, which sits on the at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Karluk Street, feeds those in need 365 days a year, and also serves as a place for people to gather, and to connect with valuable community resources.
If you missed the car wash, but are interested in donating items, food, money, or time to Beans Café, visit https://www.beanscafe.org/volunteer.

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