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Community in Unity heads to Nome

In the next installment of Community in Unity, Alaska Public Media is heading to the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome. What will we be talking about? The importance of community connections.

Being incarcerated is hard. So is being released. How are people in prison connecting with their communities and preparing for what’s next? What’s happening outside of prisons to help make the transition more successful for everyone in the community?
Join us for a conversation inside Anvil Mountain Correctional Center with inmates, staff, and other community members to learn about life inside the prison walls and ways to help people succeed on the outside.
The moderated community conversation will be held in the prison’s gym. Light refreshments will be provided.
Please bring a photo ID, and be prepared to check your belongings before going through security.

Community in Unity is Alaska Public Media’s community dialogue series. So far, the program has traveled to the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, the Fairbanks Correctional Center, and the Goose Creek Correctional Center in Mat-Su.

We hope to see you there.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The conversation begins at 1 p.m. and will last an hour. It will be recorded for broadcast.


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

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Correctional Officers Week 2017: Anvil Mountain Correctional Center

Celebrating Correctional Officer Week with Alaska Department of Corrections Correctional Officers statewide.

Today we feature Anvil Mountain Correctional Center Correctional Officers who received Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s official proclamation from Commissioner Dean Williams.

Thank you for your service, dedication, and committment to making our institutions safe and secure for inmates and staff.

We appreciate you!

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Nome Correctional Officers Teaching Carpentry

Officer Charles Derek Franklin works with inmates at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in the absence of an education coordinator, teaching basic carpentry skills.

Officer Franklin does an awesome job in accomplishing projects, ensuring inmate and staff safety and passing skills on to others.

Officer Franklin and Officer Robert Grubb are special projects rovers. These two officers are an asset to our facility and help broaden inmate skill sets. Keep up the good work!

Anvil Mountain Substance Abuse Program Graduates

Attached are the graduates from the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center Psych-Educational Substance Abuse Program (Psych-Ed) Level (.5).

The program has a cognitive behavioral focus with a minimum participation of six (6) weeks, 1.5 hours twice per week.

This is the second group of inmates to graduate from the program, the total currently being 74 graduates

DOC working to stop drug and alcohol abuse in Nome

Alaska Department of Corrections staff participated in the” Chasing the Dragon” documentary discussion which was held at the Nome Eskimo Community building by representatives from the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The focus was on opiods and other drug and alcohol abuse in the community and how we all need to team up to stop it.

This event also included several panel members from various agencies within and outside the community of Nome to include the Alaska State Troopers The Nome Police Department Norton Sound Health Corporationion, Kawerak, Office of Children’s Services, Nome District Attorney’s office, a student-representative from Nome Beltz High School, a federal prosecutor based in Anchorage, and members from the community.

Anvil Mountain Correctional Center Handles Emergency Smoothly

Check out this awesome message from the Superintendent from Anvil Mountain Correctional Center:

“On July 29th an inmate from Anvil Mountain Correctional Center was transported to Nortson Sound Regional Hospital by ambulance, then medivac’d to Anchorage with an escort for medical treatment from DOC prisoner transport staff.

This shift Sgt. Parra, Officer Ozenna, Officer O’Connor, Officer Tobuk, Nurse Polk-Grubb and responding Officers Tesar and PTO Hickerson handled this inmate medical emergency smoothly, safely and with a level of professionalism that was above and beyond.

These types of emergencies are not frequent, however, when they occur, it makes me proud to know that these professionals assisted in another’s safety and quality of life.

These are the unsung stories that the media never hears about!

This is also something that is unique to being a rural Alaskan correctional officer!”

Sandra Martinson
Superintendent, Anvil Mountain Correctional Center