AK DOC Today

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

Inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center Donate to Women in Safe Homes (WISH)

Photo of KCC inmates who donated to WISH

Jennifer Blankenship, Marilyn Isaacs, April Burt, Lisa Soares and Frances Colegrove

Between November and February, inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center crocheted 75 hats and 175 scarfs which were donated to Women in Safe Homes (WISH), Ketchikan’s women domestic violence shelter. It was the second year that inmates have made scarves and hats to donate to local non-profits.

KCC Prisoners Complete OSHA Safety Training Class, Other Classes

Inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center recently took part in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety training classes. Other vocational programs, such as certification in First Aid and CPR, are also provided at the facility as local employers expressed a need to have employees as job ready as possible. These program completions are important as they can be what gives an applicant an edge over their competition. Ketchikan has a variety of industries that hire everything from customer service positions to highly skilled technical and vocational careers. Inmates have been busy as well in other areas and completed programs in Criminal Attitude Program and Parenting Classes recently.

— Superintendent Jessica Mathews

‘Singing Christmas Tree’ Comes to Ketchikan Correctional Center

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Singing Christmas Tree performers

Thirty three Ketchikan Christmases have come and gone since the very first year Clover Pass Community Church hosted the “The Singing Christmas Tree.” Since that time, the community at Clover Pass has worked to make each year’s presentation something the community looks forward to with anticipation. The Singing Christmas Tree performers also made a special appearance at Ketchikan Correctional Center on Saturday December 6th. Pastor James Duncan, the DOC Chaplain, attended along with local pastors Bill White and Michael Cooke and choir director Rob Holston. The program was well received and much appreciated. A big thank you to the volunteers that come to our facility year after year. Merry Christmas.

— Superintendent Jessica Mathews

Female Inmates at KCC Gain Employment Skills With AMSEA Class

Commercial fishing remains Alaska’s largest and most dangerous occupation, according to the US Coast Guard. Studies of incidents at sea also show that female crew members are less likely to survive abandon ship situations in Alaska than their male counterparts. One of the likely reasons is that female crew members are often not “in the loop” as much as their male counterparts in terms of safety procedures. In Ketchikan, a large number of jobs are in the maritime industry and Ketchikan Correctional Center is committed to providing maritime safety education programs through the Alaska Maritime Safety Education Association (AMSEA). During a recent 18 hour AMSEA safety class, instructor Dug Jensen taught a class for female inmates. Jensen said the class was particularly effective because the female inmates were involved in all parts in the abandon ship, onboard fire and flooding drills, including ship handling, emergency communication, life raft deployment and person in the water rescues. The female inmates gained a comprehensive knowledge of emergency situations and procedures that will help them if they face danger on the high sea, according to Jensen.

— Superintendent Jessica Mathews

Ketchikan COs, Anchorage POs Compete in Torch Run for Special Olympics

Photo of 2014 KCC Torch Run participants

Back row: with back obscured Carlos Rojas, Ryan Hanis, Charlie Johnson, Josh and Cody Workman, Josh Dossett all representing Ketchikan Police, Jessica Bjornstad with special Olympics, Jessica Mathews, Thomas, Ericka and Wally Rud, and Kevin Morley representing Ketchikan Correctional Center. Front row: Joey Beaudoin with daughter Arabella, in stroller Cheyenne and Savannah with mom, Raelene Beaudoin and friends representing Alaska State Troopers

The 2014 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive took place on Saturday, May 17th at 13 locations, including Ketchikan and Anchorage. Each year the 5-K Torch Run raises over $40 million for Special Olympics. The fund-raising goal for Alaska was $150,000. Anchorage POs Shane Cooper and Victoria Cortez put on running shoes and volunteered their time in support of Special Olympics. At the request of the Alaska State Troopers, they wore AST shirts in honor of Sgt. Johnson and Trooper Rich.

— Jessica Mathews & Keith Thayer

Ketchikan Inmates Participate in Marine Safety Training

Photo of Dean Marshall presenting Hardy Muasau with his GED

Photo of the SCCC graduates

AMSEA Training at Ketchikan Correctional Center

Southeast Alaska is an ocean environment. Ketchikan has consistently ranked in the top 20 ports in the nation for commercial fishery landings and annually generates over $54 million dollars worth of revenue for the local economy. As such fishery captains desire job ready employees that can jump on a ship qualified to work. With that in mind, Ketchikan Correctional Center recently offered skills ready training in marine safety. Sixteen inmates successfully completed the 18-hour Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) training program by Dug Jensen, a qualified marine safety instructor. During the class, inmates learned proper safety procedures, demonstrated the ability to set up a vessel evacuation plan, demonstrated the ability to get into a survival suit in under a minute and to inflate and properly enter a life raft. They also learned how to deal with vessel fires and proper protocol for sending and receiving distress messages.

— Superintendent Jessica Mathews