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PCC Inmate Volunteers Create Wooden Toys for Charitable Donation

Photo of Palmer inmates with wooden cars

Left to Right: Lawrence Clark, Timothy Jean, Steven Reed, Edward Newman, Mike Zavacky, Jason Murray, Nathan Jackson and Michael Jester

The inmates at the Palmer Correctional Center Minimum Facility volunteered their time to construct wooden cars and trucks for donations to local charities. The wood to make the wooden cars and trucks was donated by local businesses. Approximately 700 wooden toys were made in the Inmate Hobby Wood shop by the minimum prisoners.

Palmer Correctional Center Donates Toys for Local Charities

Palmer inmates pose for photo with donated toys

PSO Huppert, Sgt. Snowdeal, Mike Zavacky, Matthew McCoy, Joshua Mead, Charles Yingst, Timothy Jean, Ronny Lind, George Goenett, Talalelei Edwards and Ofc. Britton

The Palmer Correctional Facility Minimum Inmate Store and Native Culture Council joined again this year to facilitate inmate fund-raisers to benefit local charities. The fund-raisers consisted of the selling various foods to the minimum prisoners. This was matched by the Minimum Inmate Store for a total of $1,224, which was used to purchase toys for local Christmas Charities.

Incarcerated Fathers the Focus at Palmer Correctional Center

Magestro and Houser

Susan Magestro, Assistant Superintendent Houser

At Palmer Correctional Center, Assistant Superintendent Earl Houser provided five institutional tours for professionals who attended training called, “The Journey of the Child of An Incarcerated Parent” by Instructor Susan Magestro. This professional development training was offered through University of Alaska Anchorage and approved by the State of Alaska. Participants included professionals who currently work with children of incarcerated parents from both the Mat-Su Borough and Anchorage area.

“Having the opportunity to tour Palmer Correctional Center and learning about children of incarcerated parents has been a life changing experience for me both professionally and personally,” wrote one student. Palmer Correctional Center is fortunate to announce that Ms. Susan Magestro will be providing a formal program, “Incarcerated Fathers” for prisoners who have completed the Inside Out Dad program.

These meetings for incarcerated fathers will be bi-weekly. The topics will be closely aligned with those of their children as well as addressing their understanding of the unique needs and issues of their children upon their release from prison.

The Goals:

  • Reduce inter-generational incarceration
  • Reduce recidivism
  • Provide for a more successful re-entry back into the family
  • Enhance positive interactions with their children
  • Gain an understanding of their children’s unique needs
  • Provide strategies and tools to dissipate and de-escalate some of their children’s frustration and varying levels of anger

Ms. Magestro is also providing youth group meetings in our communities with volunteered certified counselors who will be leading these groups. Announcements with final locations and other specific registration information related to these groups will be sent. Superintendent Anderson would like to sincerely thank Ms. Magestro for her commitment and dedication to this innovated program which is intended to be provided at other Alaskan Correctional Facilities in the near future.

PCC Minimum Conducts Potlatch, Raises Totem Pole

The Annual PCC Potlatch was held in June and proved a huge success with Commissioner Joe Schmidt and family and over 100 prisoners and their families and guests participating. Prisoner Terry Simpson designed, carved and donated a “People Can Change” Totem Pole, which now watches over the Minimum facility with pride. The PCC Native Culture Council and several volunteers constructed and donated many customized gifts such as paddles, a doll house, small dog sleds, cribbage boards, chess board, t-shirts, hats, etc. for the raffle and complimentary gifts for the visitors. Superintendent Anderson and Assistant Superintendent Houser would like to send a special thanks to the Commissioner and his family, Good News Blues Band, Poly Sway Dancers, Miracle Dancers, Mount Susitna Drummers, Guest Speaker Matt McWaters, PCC’s Native Culture Council, PCC Staff and all the prisoners who volunteered and donated their time and effort to make the day memorable and successful.

— Tomi Anderson

PCC Welding Instruction Program Graduates First Class

Palmer Welding First Graduates

Back row left to right: Kyle White, Jason Mitchel, Jason Rose, Steve Smith, Instructor Jake Simpson, Daniel Mingo, Timothy Jean and Daniel Morgan; Front row left to right: Bradley Wilson, Tommy Ningealook, Elmer Downey

Ten inmates from Palmer Correctional Center completed the first Welding Instructional Program held at the facility and were honored in a graduation exercise that included other students, staff and officers. This graduation, on March 26, 2013, was the culmination of the efforts of many people involved in the planning, coordination and implementation of this program. The inmates involved in this program are given the instruction and tools needed to learn valuable skills that are highly sought after in the private sector. It is hoped that graduates will find suitable employment in this trade when they are released from incarceration and that the PCC Welding Program will receive a reputation for the quality of instruction it provides.

PCC staff raises $1,030 for SHARE Campaign


Left to right: Officer Britton, Officer Canada, Probation Officer Marre


Right to left: Sgt. Lund, Sgt. Snowdeal, PO Brinkman, Supt. Anderson, Administartive Officer Van Slyke, Lt. Olsen and Assistant Supt. Houser

At Palmer Correctional Center, Officers Britton and Canada, and PO Marre orchestrated the efforts of Palmer Correctional Staff (PCC) to raise $1030.16 for the Alaska Share Campaign. Many PCC employees donated items to be auctioned, participated in the bake sale, and volunteered to have pies put in their faces. Officer Britton coordinated a silent auction and raised $393 for the United Way of Wasilla. PO Marre managed a bake sale and raised $197.16 for Matsu Services for Children and Adults. Office Canada supervised the ‘pie in your face’ and raised $440 dollars for Matsu Services for Children and Adults.

CC Medium Inmates benefit community one blanket at a time

Palmer Inmates

Back Row Left to Right: Lt. Olsen, Ofc. Canada, Sgt. Kollander, Ron Steyer, Charles Franzen, George Woods, Daniel Borsetti, Foster Barnett, Jacob Roller, Derek Werder, Vance Barrett, Edward Domrude, Eugene Lazar, Josh Semeraro, Keith Kieffer, Chris Chuckwuk, Harold Finger, Joseph Jackson, Carl Oyagak, Darron Sanders, Coty Wolverton, J. Cobb Whitmore, Jeffery King, Alex Eckhardt, Arthur Mack, Aaron Woods, Timothy Scott, Paul Suter, Nick Middleton, Steve Weeg, Wayne McNearney, Benjamin Mochin, Michael Lane, Superintendent Anderson, Ofc. Smith; Front Row Left to Right: Edgar Madros, David Koen, Ryan Cox, Mike Jester, John Caverly, Damien Prescott, Michael Linn, Gary Butcher, Zack Pierwola, Timothy Russel, Billy Ray Turner

For the sixth year in a row, Palmer Correctional Center inmates have funded and participated in a crochet program that allows the inmates to give back to the community. Inmates had an opportunity to make hand-crafted crochet items such as blankets, hats, and scarves for various Alaskan charities and communities. All of the materials used for the projects are purchased from the profits generated by the PCC Medium Club Sales Store. The inmates have shown through their commitment and dedication to these projects a willingness to utilize pre-existing artistic talents and a few discovered a new creative side they never knew they had. The inmates create their own unique patterns which is clearly apparent in their designs. By crocheting inmates are also displaying compassion and a kindness for others which can become integral for lasting positive changes once the inmate returns to the community. It is the mission of Palmer Correctional Center to aid the inmates incarcerated to return to the community as healthy, productive and responsible members of their communities. In addition Palmer Correctional Center offers educational and vocational curriculum programs for inmates that are useful and beneficial to their transition back into society. These programs provide outlets for positive reinforcement in the inmate’s lives, as well as enabling them to give back to our communities while learning new skills and qualities for life change.

— Superintendent Anderson

2012 Completed Community Care Project Totals: 1,212 Hats, 118 blankets, 51 scarves.

Inmates at Palmer Correctional Center raise funds for local community

Palmer Inmates

Top Row: Sgt. Snowdeal, Superintendent Anderson, John Yoakum, Terry Hall, William Metlicka, Daniel Mingio, Jesse Pfeffer, Michael Hartzler, T.J. Edwards, Lt. Olsen, Ofc. Britton; Front Row: David Ailep, Frederick Smith, Jason Mitchel

The Palmer Correctional Facility Minimum Inmate Store and Native Culture Council joined to facilitate two fund-raisers to benefit local charities. The money raised by the fundraisers (sales of fried chicken and pizza) was then matched by the Minimum Inmate Store. The total raised was $1,183, which was then used to purchase toys to donate.

The inmates at the Palmer Correctional Center Minimum Facility also this year continued to volunteer their time to make wooden cars and trucks for donation to local charities. The wood to make the wooden cars and trucks was donated from area businesses. The wooden toys are made in the Inmate Hobby Wood shop and the inmates were able to make approximately 200 wooden cars and truck this year.

Palmer Correctional Center participates in Smiles for a Child partnership

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Smiles for a Child family day at Palmer Correctional Center in 2011

KCC Public Safety and Security students to create smiles for a child

Students in the King Career Center’s Public Safety and Security class are conducting a community service project that pairs them with the Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton, Alaska. The project, called Smiles for a Child, will benefit children in need during the holiday season.

“Incarcerated parents are usually unable to give their child a gift at Christmas,” said Teena Calkin, the course instructor. “The students in this criminal justice class are working with the correctional facility in hopes that they can bring a smile to a child during the holiday season.”

The gifts will be wrapped and either shipped or delivered to inmate’s children. For those who can travel to the correctional facility, a special visitation is provided to allow inmates to give their children the gift in person.

This year, collection boxes have been set up at the following locations:

  • ASD Education Center – Anchorage
  • Back in Motion Chiropractic – Anchorage
  • Gensco – Anchorage
  • Ferguson – Anchorage and Wasilla
  • King Career Center – Anchorage
  • Krazy Moose Subs – Wasilla
  • Strands Hair Salon – Anchorage
  • Very Berry Cool Yogurt – Wasilla
  • Tres Chic Salon – Anchorage

The class is looking to local retailers for assistance in providing gifts as well as postage for those that are out of state.If you are interested in donating gifts or postage, contact Teena Calkin 742-8996 or calkin_teena@asdk12.org.