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Ketchikan Inmates Participate in Marine Safety Training

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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

Female Inmates at KCC Begin Crochet Project

Crochet project at KCC

Crochet project at KCC

The female inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center began a crochet project this month and already several women have learned how to crochet and others are busy teaching and making creations. Thus far they have created numerous scarves and several hats. The participants plan to donate their items to a local charity at Christmas.

— Jessica Mathews

Ketchikan Inmates Fold 3,000 Origami Cranes

KCC inmates fold 3000 origami cranes

Several inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center learned of the Japanese story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. In discussing this story a group of inmates were challenged to give back to the community. The result of the discussion was the KCC Origami Challenge. The inmates were shown how to make cranes and learned that cranes, and origami in general, are about balance, something they should strive for in their own lives. For the challenge the inmates decided to fold 1,000 cranes out of recycled magazines. Over Memorial Day weekend 2,000 cranes had been fashioned by the men and another 1,000 by just five women. “They crushed this challenge and should be very proud of themselves for all that they accomplished and the good that these small tokens will bestow on someone they may never know,” said Superintendent Jessica Mathews. “Cost to the State: $0. Cost to do something selfless for another: $priceless.”

Editorial in the Ketchikan Daily News

Ketchikan Correctional Center Marks Appreciation Weeks with Barbeque

Ketchikan Correctional Center celebrated the trio of appreciation weeks for Correctional Officers, Nurses and Education by grilling and cooking out on the barb. Staff were treated to two days of Alaskan fare. First on Wednesday the 8th staff were provided with burgers made from mule deer, elk and Sitka black tail which were seasoned to perfection with all the sides. On Thursday the 9th the second round of crews were given grilled king salmon with all the fixings. Chef Ed Irizarry manned the grill with Sous Chef Holly Cloudy assisting. All the protein was donated by the Superintendent and her mountain man husband, Drew Mathews. Thank you to all the staff for the work that you do and for assisting in this spur of the moment event. Thanks to all who came to eat and have a good time on a fabulously rare sunny week in Ketchikan.

— Superintendent Jessica Mathews

Ketchikan Correctional Center earns director’s audit kudos


Division Director Bryan Brandenburg announced Ketchikan Correctional Center is the winner of the 2012 Directors Audit Award of Excellence.

“They exemplified the standard of excellence as the most outstanding facility in the Division,” Brandenburg said. “This past year the Audit team visited all facilities utilizing a standardized Audit tool which reviews 21 operational standards, cleanliness of the facility, staff professionalism and overall adherence to the Department’s mission. Anvil Mountain and Palmer Correctional Center were both in serious contention but KCC edged them in the final tally. I would like to also recognize and congratulate all the employees involved in this year’s audit process and look forward to the 2013 Director’s Audit scheduled for the summer of 2013.”

Jessica Mathews named Superintendent at Ketchikan Correctional Center


Division Director Bryan Brandenburg has promoted Probation Supervisor Jessica Mathews to Superintendent of Ketchikan Correctional Center. “With over 23 years of correctional experience both in Florida and Alaska she brings a wealth of knowledge to this position,” Director Brandenburg said. Mathews began her career as a correctional officer in Florida and then moved to Alaska where she worked as an institutional and field probation officer. She was later promoted to supervisor of the Ketchikan Field Probation Office where she has worked for the past nine years (seven as supervisor).

CO’s volunteer effort frees snowbound residences


It doesn’t snow too often in Ketchikan, but when an 8-inch snowfall greeted residents one Sunday morning in February, a local correctional officer saw an opportunity to help and took action, according to a report appearing in the February 26th edition of the Ketchikan Daily News. CO Brian Calvin fired up his four-wheeler and spent part of a Sunday morning clearing walkways, common areas and the parking lot of a residential apartment complex. Homeowners Association members joined in with shovels and cleared areas where the four-wheeler couldn’t reach. “It is this kind of generosity and thoughtfulness that shows who our local heroes are,” wrote resident Rachel Ross.