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Recognizing Sgt. Michael Bowman

Sergeant Michael Bowman of Goose Creek Correctional Complex was recently presented with a plaque and a letter of commendation for his outstanding service and assistance.

Commissioner Williams, Director Busby, and Superintendent Conant were in attendance for the presentation.

Sergeant Bowman played an instrumental role in gathering and presenting information that was beneficial in eliminating destructive conduct within our workforce.

Sergeant Bowman exhibited tremendous courage and leadership in bringing sensitive issues to the attention of his superiors.

He is an example of the pride, dedication and professionalism that each of us strive to achieve during our careers.

Thank you Sergeant Bowman for your service! We appreciate you!

Goose Creek Probation Officers

Here are some of our awesome Goose Creek Correctional Center PO’s at work.

Kyle Thompson, Mike Clauson, Jessica Sanchez, Michelle Garner, Athena Dekarske, Rebecca Coates-Servin, and Deidra Banachowicz.

We have 20 outstanding probation officers who are very dedicated to their jobs.

Thank you for your service! We appreciate you!

Goose Creek CO’s Receive Governor’s Denali Peak Award

On the morning of January 1, 2016, Goose Creek Correctional Officers reporting for duty were the first to respond to a horrific two vehicle head on collision on Knik Goose Bay Road.

Correctional Officer Travis Boyd was the first responder. Correctional Officer Trevor Hull and Correctional Officer Kristina Lee were the second responders, and Correctional Officer Sergeant Mark Sehl third.

The northbound vehicle, now known to be traveling at 70+ mph, had one male driver and two female passengers. Both
women were ejected from the vehicle through the windshield and were on the hood of the northbound vehicle when the
Officers arrived. The driver was out of the vehicle and on foot. The southbound vehicle had only one male driver. He was
unresponsive and seriously injured. The doors to his vehicle were jammed shut from the impact and the car was smoking.
Faced with this emergency, and without regard for his personal safety, Correctional Officer Boyd used his elbow to break out
the entire window. Correctional Officer Hull had EMT training, and together, the three of them rendered aid to the single male
driver and to the two women in the northbound vehicle. Both women had so much blood on their heads and upper torsos that
their skin color was not visible. One woman was unconscious but breathing.

Correctional Officers Boyd, Hull and Lee assessed the injuries and rendered aid. Because the wreck blocked both lanes and
the entire road was covered with vehicles and debris, Correctional Officer Lee was quick to dispatch flares and secure the
scene for traffic.

One Alaska State Trooper responded, but was without backup for at least 35 minutes. Sergeant Sehl took charge of the male
driver from the northbound vehicle who admitted to having drunk too much and that he should not have been driving. His
behavior was panicked and, at times, aggressive, and Sergeant Sehl had to go hands on and physically restrain him from
trying to escape the scene.

Three ambulances arrived at approximately 6:30 am. The two women were loaded first due to their serious injuries. The single
mate driver was not stable enough for transport and the EMS crew worked on him with the automatic chest compression
machine for about twenty minutes while manually bagging respirations. His injuries were so severe that when the machine
compressed his chest, blood flowed freely from his eye sockets.

At no time did any of these Correctional Officers show any hesitation, panic, or any behavior that might detract from their
ability to render aid. Officer Boyd had blood flowing from his elbow and sustained injuries from breaking out the widow to
rescue the southbound driver. They acted in a manner consistent with the top professionals that they are.
Correctional Officers Boyd, Hull, Lee, and Sergeant Sehl are heroes. Their valiant lifesaving efforts and extreme heroism in
this life and death emergency deserve to be recognized for the Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award Crisis Responders Honorable Mention.

DOC Goose Creek Barber School

<p<cutting for success one head at a time, check out this story on Goose Creek Correctional's Barber School that's teaching inmates skills and giving them hands on training to become licensed professionals when they get out.

It’s one of many amazing programs that lowers recidivism in Alaska.

Two recent graduates who were released had some of the highest scores ever on the State of Alaska exam and now work at two barber shops in Anchorage.

Congratulations to the Graduates of the Goose Creek Correctional Mental Health Offender Program

Congratulations to the graduates of the Goose Creek Correctional Mental Health 48 Week Offender Program! This challenging program at Goose Creek begins with the standard SAMHSA 12 week anger management class and then adds an additional 36 weeks of cognitive behavioral curriculum. These 36 weeks include an interactive journaling program geared toward recognizing criminal thinking, encouraging responsible behavior and contributing to the community. The class meets weekly for 48 sessions however usually takes over a year to complete. The program calls for honest self-exploration, practicing pro-social behavior and willingness to expand personal comfort zones. At the completion of the program, graduates are required to develop a summary of personal insights gained through the course and present this to the class and staff. There are approximately nine or ten 48 Week Offender classes running at any given time at Goose Creek. The graduating class in the included photo was ran by MHCII Becky Scales.

Goose Creek Congratulates Employee of the Year, Kristen Nunley

Goose Creek Correctional Center’s Employee of the Year for 2015 is Kristen Nunley. For those of you who may not know, Kristen is our Office Assistant II over payroll. Kristen started at GCCC on February 8, 2013 in her current position. Kristen makes this huge job look easy day in and day out. Kristen always comes to work with a positive attitude and a happy demeanor. Anyone familiar with Kristen knows that she brightens up any room with her smile and laugh. Please congratulate Kristen when you see her for this well-earned honor. Congratulations Kristen!

Goose Creek Barber School Successes

Earlier this month on a clear Sunday morning, four inmates entered a salon in Wasilla, Alaska, wearing yellow jump suits and iron leg chains. They left in the same attire. The only difference was now they could say they are professional barbers.

The Barber School is a journey that started over a year and a half ago at Goose Creek Correctional Center. It has proven to be a vehicle to success for inmates Adam Barger, John Samuelson, Jariss Black, and Terral Wright. They passed their written and practical application tests with extremely high scores.

The Board of Barbers & Hairdressers Chairwoman, Glenda Ledford, stated the Goose Creek barbers were a higher level of student than normal. So much so, that all three examiners agreed they would hire any of the students immediately. “That’s when I knew the program was working,” said Sergio Colgan, the Alaska licensed inmate barber instructor at Goose Creek.

The inmate-instructor played an intricate role in starting and organizing the barber school. Inmate Colgan models a disciplined work and study environment and encourages participants to demonstrate their work ethic and motivation to succeed upon release.

The curriculum was 18 months, which included hands on training, lecture, and book testing; all while conducting general population haircuts, Monday through Friday, mornings and afternoons for over 700 fellow inmates. By becoming a barber, the men are choosing a career that is a credible job choice. Barbers have the ability to be their own boss, set their own schedules, and with enough ambition, make above average wages.

One of the main goals for DOC is to offer reformative programming that will likely reduce recidivism. Goose Creek is off to great start in this endeavor and has already started their second group of student barbers. Becoming a barber is a creative way for future returning citizens to transition back into society and be a positive role model in the community.

“I’m happy to see these guys succeed. I want them to be better than the average barber walking the street; they have to be better,” said Colgan.

2015 Goose Creek Christmas Concert

The third annual 2015 Christmas concert at Goose Creek was part of a tradition that started back in 2012 at Hudson Correctional Facility in Hudson, Colorado. Chaplain Bernard Browder started the peer-driven choral ensemble, which was formed in July 2012. In December 2012, the group performed for peers and staff in a successful Christmas concert.

Over the next year, when the Colorado group was transitioned back to Alaska, the new Goose Creek Singers emerged. The majority of their members arrived in May 2013. They recruited some new members and in December 2013, they provided an outstanding performance in the first Christmas concert at Goose Creek.

With the help of staff and volunteers in 2014, the orchestra began, a guitar class was formed and a piano class started. The orchestra was directed by Mr. Michael More and Mrs. Coralyn More. The Mores, who are professional musicians, volunteered to help the members of the orchestra develop their sound and group dynamic. Ms. Liz Melson was contracted to teach beginning piano. The program was very successful and has continued to provide men an opportunity to learn a new skill. Goose Creek now has beginning, intermediate and advanced piano classes. The guitar class was self-directed and would eventually contribute to the entertainment of a future concert. Each year more men sign up to be a part of these talented groups and the 2015 Christmas concert proved they only get better with practice and opportunity to demonstrate their skills.

The orchestra, choir, piano and guitar ensembles performed some traditional and popular seasonal classics in the December 2015 Christmas concerts. They entertained their peers in the gym in two performances with over 300 men in attendance and a smaller group of invited family and friends in visitation. The participants were appreciative of the opportunities to perform and the guests were delighted with the concerts. Goose Creek looks forward to more successful performances this year.