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

GCCC CO makes drug bust during visitation

Friday evening, an officer at the Goose Creek Correctional Center noticed a visitor passing contraband to an inmate during visitation. The officer responded quickly and took possession of 10 half strips of Suboxone, which were wrapped in a band aid.

Every time an officer intercepts contraband, they’re making the facility safer for other inmates and for staff. Their work is crucial to the safety at our facilities. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to public service.

The Department of Corrections’ Professional Conduct Unit is investigating the incident.

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Community in Unity: Recovery in Incarceration

Addiction often fuels crime. So, how can we prevent some of that criminal activity? By helping people receive treatment. By default, the Alaska Department of Corrections is the largest substance abuse treatment provider in the state.

A couple of weeks ago, Goose Creek inmates in recovery sat down with community to share their stories, ask and answer questions, and to discuss solutions.

Listen to the conversation, here.

WATCH: DOC tests virtual reality as inmate training tool

“Alaska has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country, with more than two-thirds of inmates who leave prison returning within three years. It’s an ongoing problem the Alaska Dept. of Corrections has long sought to solve. Now, the DOC is partnering with the University of Colorado to try something new — training inmates in the skills they’ll need to succeed in life outside of prison using virtual reality,” KTVA 11 News reported Monday.

Watch the story, here.

Community in Unity: Recovery Behind Bars

Many crimes are fueled by drug and alcohol addictions. So what prevents some criminal activity? Helping people receive treatment. Join us for a conversation inside Goose Creek Correctional Center with inmates, staff, and other community members to learn about what’s happening within the state’s largest prison to help people recover from addictions and succeed on the outside.

The event will be held in the prison’s visiting room with a
conversation led by Alaska Public Media’s Anne Hillman.

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Conversation begins at 7 p.m.
Goose Creek Correctional Center
22301 West Alsop Road, Wasilla, Alaska 99623

Note: Please bring an ID, and be prepared to check your belongings before going through security. This program will be recorded for radio broadcast at a later date.

*This event is open to the public. Staff  is not required to attend, but are more than welcome to join.

Ironworkers help men prep for life outside of Goose Creek Correctional Center

Ninety-six percent of incarcerated individuals are released from prison. For their reintegration back into the community to be successful, there are three main things they’ll need: Access to behavior health services, stable housing, and employment.

But while incarcerated, it can be challenging to get hands-on training and work experiences. The Ironworkers Local #751 Apprenticeship is trying to help with that.

Take a listen: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/06/11/ironworkers-help-men-prep-for-life-outside-of-goose-creek-correctional-center/

Goose creek officers make drug bust

A correctional officer at Goose Creek Correctional Center discovered nine Suboxone strips while processing incoming mail last week. While searching a book mailed to an inmate at the facility, the officer noticed the book’s spine had been altered. When the CO separated the spine from the book, they discovered the suboxone strips.

The Department of Corrections continues to work internally and with other law enforcement agencies to keep drugs out of our prisons and off our streets. While there are a variety of ways that drug traffickers attempt to bring drugs inside, the most common way is through the mail – which is why each piece of mail is thoroughly inspected. This work is critical to public safety.

DOC’s Professional Conduct Unit is investigating the incident.

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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Goose Creek Correctional Center 2016 Employee of the Year

Alaska Department of Corrections Goose Creek Correctional Center 2016 Employee of the Year is Micro/Network Tech II Tony Aubright.

Tony has quickly demonstrated that he has invaluable computer knowledge and experience. Tony has an outgoing and friendly personality and is very helpful and available any time you call him for assistance.

Tony’s responsibilities are vast here at Goose Creek and he is dedicated to getting the job done day in and day out.

We congratulate and appreciate you Tony!

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