News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections
The department now maintains video visitation connections between Hudson Correctional Facility and Anchorage (Cordova Center), Fairbanks (Tanana Chiefs Conference) and, as of this week, Juneau (Lemon Creek Correctional Center.) Kudos go to the Information Technology section for puzzling through a number of technical barriers to making the connection work. Family members are scheduled for 30-45 minute videoconference visitation sessions.
A large group of inmates, family members and staff participated in the annual Potlatch celebration at the Hudson Correctional Facility. Moose soup was specially prepared by a small group of Native Elders who traveled to the event from Fairbanks. About 50 pounds of moose meat was donated by community members in the Interior. Also present was a documentary film crew under the direction of Visual Sociologist David Adler of St. Francis University in Brooklyn, N.Y. The topic of the film is inmate art.
Approximately 25 Alaskan family members participated in an annual Potlatch ceremony held by inmates within the confines of Hudson Correctional Facility in Colorado on September 24. Over 200 inmates participated and were joined by 63 family members in all. Opening Ceremony was held at 9 am with performances by Inupiaq drummers and later games and meals. Guest speakers included Anne Frank and Rev. Shirley Lee of Fairbanks and Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez. The traditional ceremony is held annually at a number of facilities holding Alaska prisoners.