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Lemon Creek Holds Annual Success Inside & Out Conference

Photo of Education Coordinator Paul McCarthy and banner designer Anne Marie Morris

Education Coordinator Paul McCarthy and banner designer Anne Marie Morris

The sixth annual Success Inside & Out conference was a day-long event sponsored by the Alaska Court System in collaboration with Lemon Creek Correctional Center and local halfway house Gastineau Human Services. The conference featured information, entertainment, and inspiration to help sentenced inmates releasing within two years to make it on the outside after releasing from prison. There were talks, music and singing, and the ever popular fashion show featuring how to dress for a job interview …and now NOT to dress. There was a panel of former inmates (called “How to Stop the Revolving Door,” moderated by head community PO Brett Wilson), and eight panel sessions. The panels focused on: addiction treatment and mental health options; exploring life’s necessities #1: housing, food, and medical services; exploring life’s necessities #2: legal and banking services; personal fitness and strength training; employment and education opportunities in Juneau; reconnecting to one’s spiritual self; healthy relationships and reconnecting to family; and last but not least, success on probation and parole.

— Education Coordinator Paul McCarthy

Nighswonger Named Lemon Creek Employee of the Year

Photo of LCCC 2014 Employee of the Year Zane Nighswonger

LCCC EOY Officer Zane Nighswonger

The 2014 Lemon Creek Correctional Center Employee of the Year is Correctional Officer Zane Nighswonger. Officer Nighswonger was selected by a diverse group of Lemon Creek Correctional peers, from a large group of nominees for this honor. Officer Nighswonger has worked at Lemon Creek Correctional Center for approximately 2 ½ years, and has shown a positive team oriented work ethic. He is always available to assist other staff and get the job done. Officer Nighswonger has over the last year shown through his personnel efforts and example a new meaning of dedication for all of us. His professional demeanor and abilities as a Correctional Officer reflects positively on him, and the Department of Corrections. Correctional Officer Nighswonger’s selection as Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s 2014 employee of the Year is one we can all be proud of. Please join me in congratulating Zane Nighswonger in this honor.

— Superintendent Scott Wellard

Works by Three Lemon Creek Inmates Published in Literary Journal

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LCCC inmate Shaka Levshakoff displays his copy of Tidal Echoes in the LCCC Library

Nathan Block

Former LCCC inmate Nathan Block

Former Lemon Creek Correctional Center inmate Nathan Block reads his “Poetic Memoir” at the University of Alaska Southeast Tidal Echoes Literary & Arts Journal launch in April at the Egan Lecture Hall in Juneau. The 2013 journal has works of poetry, short story, photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and essays contributed by 46 different writers and artists from around Southeast Alaska. Three LCCC inmates had work published in the 2013 edition; one of them is now in the Juneau halfway house, so he was invited to read his poem at the Tidal Echoes launch. All their poems were first published in the Lemon Creek Chronicle, a monthly in-house publication featuring original art and poetry by inmates. Announcements and other items of interest to inmates are also published in each issue.

Lemon Creek Hosts Annual Success Inside and Out Conference

In & Out 2013

Prisoners gather at concurrent sessions with community resource agencies during the annual Success Inside and Out Conference at Lemon Creek Correctional Center

Lemon Creek Correctional Center was the venue for the annual Success Inside and Out Conference Saturday, March 2. Moderator was judge Keith Levy and opening remarks were presented by area legislators Sen. Dennis Egan and Rep. Cathy Munoz. Retired Supreme Court Justice Walter Carpeneti also addressed the group. Probation Officer Brent Wilson moderated a panel of former inmates who shared their personal journeys after release. Concurrent sessions were held mixing inmate conference-goers with community resource agencies. Lunch consisted of pizza, sandwiches and cookies donated by local businesses. A popular segment was Dress for Success, a runway show where inmate volunteers presented fashions ideal for job interviews or for the first day on the job. Sharon Gaiptman was moderator. The conference closed with live music and guest speakers David Katzeek and Wade Bryson.

Tony Malacas promoted to Shift Supervisor at Lemon Creek Correctional Center

Malacas

Correctional Officer Zarak (Tony) C. Malacas has been promoted to Sergeant (CO III) at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Sgt. Malacas began his career at LCCC in March, 1997. “Tony has gained a reputation as positive, mentoring leader and will be a most welcome addition to the Shift Supervisor team at LCCC,” said Assistant Superintendent Bruce Busby.

Academy Hosts NIC-Sponsored Essential Skills for Supervisors Course

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The graduates from the recent NIC sponsored Essential Skills for Supervisors Course that was held at the DOC Training Academy on July 30-August 3, 2012.

The Department’s Training Academy recently hosted a NIC-sponsored Essential Skills for Supervisors Cours. Participants ranged from Sergeants, Lieutenants, Probation Supervisors, Human Resources, Mental Health and other supervisors from around the state. Guest instructors were provided by NIC from the states of Arizona, New Jersey, Utah and South Carolina. The course was delivered to new and existing supervisors and covered eight modules of instruction which included Building Blocks of Supervision, Personal Competencies, Effective Communication, Problem Solving, Conflict Management, Encouraging Performance and Organizational Context. The course was a great success and a special thanks goes out to the NIC Instructors and all the participants that made this course a success.

— Dan Traxinger

Juneau Rotarians build greenhouse at Lemon Creek Correctional Center

Volunteers from the Juneau Rotary Club are constructing a greenhouse inside the secure area of Lemon Creek Correctional Center. “It’ll be a combination of the inmates being able to work here, gain skill in gardening and then be able to use the produce that they generate here,” said Rotarian Wayne Jensen, an architect who is helping with the project. The greenhouse, which measures 40 feet in length by 15 feet wide and costs $13,000, all raised by the local Rotary club. When operating, inmates and community volunteers will grow vegetables and flowers.

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Lemon Creek COs receive Denali Award for action in a crisis

Correctional Officers Keith Aki, Josh Price and Lisa Cook (Sgt. Bonn’s Shift) received a Denali Award honorable mention in the crisis responder team category on May 12 at Centennial Hall in Juneau.

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On September 7, 2010, While performing routine duties at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau, Correctional Officer Keith Aki noticed a suicide attempt in progress in the Admission and Orientation Unit. He called for assistance and responded to the prisoner, who had attempted to hang himself in a shower stall. Officers Josh Price and Lisa Cook responded immediately and helped lower the inmate to the floor. The prisoner had no pulse and was unresponsive. The three officers administered CPR and by the time Juneau Fire and Rescue responded the inmate had a strong pulse and subsequently made a full recovery.

Officer Aki is a Prison Transportation Officer, Field Training Officer and an instructor in firearms and defensive tactics. Officer Price is a Correctional Officer in charge of the Maximum Security Unit for his shift. Officer Cook began her career in 2009. In two short years she has established herself as professional with a strong ability to maintain control of her surroundings in a difficult situation.