AK DOC Today

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

Bethel Probation Officer Impacting Lives

On Wednesday October 12, 2016, the Bethel Probation Office was nearing the close of business when a man formerly on parole supervision walked into the lobby and asked for his past Probation Officer, Lynn Carlson. Upon making contact with PO Carlson, the man disclosed that he was overdosing on heroin. Staff called 911 immediately and PO Carlson stayed with him until medics arrived, even assisting him into the ambulance. The reason the former parolee gave for coming to Bethel Probation was that PO Carlson was “the only person” he trusted. The man had not been on community supervision since 2014.

This is a powerful illustration of the important work Probation and Correctional Officers do. Treating people with care and building rapport with those under DOC supervision can have a lasting impact on lives, regardless of the legal outcome of a case. PO Carlson is one of many professionals in the correctional and therapeutic communities around Alaska who are making a difference in the face of a growing epidemic of opioid dependence. Thank you PO Carlson, we appreciate you!

DOC working with State & Private Partners to tackle Health Care Reentry

Alaska Department of Corrections working with the Alaska Health and Social Services Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Get Covered Alaska, Alaska Primary Care Association, and Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. to train staff in how to help former inmates transition back to society successfully with appropriate healthcare.

DOC/IRS Partnership Leading to Convictions

Check out this KTUU story when you have time.

This is a great example of the partnerships we have with Federal agencies like the IRS in enforcing laws for both those in and out of custody.

Alaska Department of Corrections officers and facility staff provided resources for cell searches, jail calls, and provided vast insight into the dynamics of prison life that led to convictions.

We appreciate you!

http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/IRS-warns-Identity-thieves-are-constantly-lurking-392777691.html

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

As we in the Department of Corrections celebrate Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, we want to take a moment to highlight the very important work our probation and parole professionals do here in Alaska.

Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed as you strive to improve public safety and help offenders transition successfully back into their communities.

You take on many roles in the Division from inside the institutions to outside in the field, that requires working with all facets of society to make our world a better place.

Your passion and focus is making a difference and we want to express our deep gratitude and appreciation.

Thank you for your service!