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Academy Hosts NIC-Sponsored Essential Skills for Supervisors Course

Palmer Staff

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.

Success Inside and Out

The annual Success Inside and Out professional pre-release conference was held Saturday, March 5, at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. Just under 100 inmates attended, with about an equal number of community volunteers and professional staff present for the event, held in the facility’s gymnasium. The day included musical entertainment, a panel of former inmates, breakout sessions with local employers, treatment providers and advocates. The afternoon began with a fashion show where inmates modeled dress appropriate for a job interview or the workplace. Afternoon panels focused on education and training. Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez attended, along with Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti.