AK DOC Today

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

National Reentry Week Spotlight: Partners Reentry Center

As we celebrate National Reentry Week, Alaska Department of Corrections wants to recognize one of our many awesome community partners.

Since 2013, Partners Reentry Center, located at 419 Barrow in Anchorage, has provided over 4,300 reentrants housing, employment and supportive services in an effort to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety in Alaska.

Thank you Partners Reentry Center for helping Alaskans be successful!

We appreciate you!

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Bethel Inmates Give Back To Community

Julius Pleasant takes a break from teaching an Anger Management class at the Geo Group Tundra Center that houses Alaska Department of Corrections inmates to share how justice involved individuals are giving back to the community of Bethel, AK and the surrounding villages.

Projects such as handmade kuspuks, blankets and afghans are distributed to village elders, Alzheimer’s patients, disabled veterans, and expectant mothers.

We are so proud of him for leading these efforts.

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Feed Me Hope Culinary Art School Graduation

This is Bill Bass, a Alaska Department of Corrections & Cordova Center resident who just graduated last night from the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center Feed Me Hope Culinary Art School.

Bill was part of the first (12 week) class in this program that taught food preparation/cooking and also included life skills training. He had his first interview last week at a local restaurant.

Bill told us that the class gave him focus, but that more importantly these people became his family.

Six Alaska Department of Corrections residents at Cordova Center are being interviewed for the next class.

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Board of Parole Public Administrative Meeting (Phase II)

The Alaska Board of Parole will meet from 11:00 AM to noon on Wednesday, October 23rd to host Phase II of a public meeting regarding parole in the State of Alaska. The Board will hold a public meeting to provide an overview of the parole system in Alaska, as well as information on the operation of the board.

The meeting will be held in Anchorage, Alaska at the Atwood Building located at 550 W. 7th Ave., on the 17th floor, in Conference Room # 1760. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to provide comments to the board regarding its activities.
Additionally Audio Teleconference is available to members of the public who are unable to attend but wish to speak to Parole Board members to address their concerns. To participate by audio teleconference, call (toll-free) 800-315-6338 and enter the code 9104 followed by the pound symbol (#) when prompted.

Ron Taylor named Deputy Commissioner for Reentry and Programs, effective December 1

2012 Superintendents Meeting

Commissioner Joe Schmidt has named Ron Taylor, Director of the Division of Probation and Parole, as Deputy Commissioner for Prisoner Reentry and Programming, effective December 1, 2012. Taylor will replace Carmen Gutierrez who is retiring.

Taylor worked alongside the Department of Corrections beginning in 2008 when he was named Executive Director of the Board of Parole. Taylor joined the Department of Corrections as Division Director in 2011.

In 1990, Taylor began an 18-year career with the Department of Health and Social Services as an Adult Probation Officer with the Alaska Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) and later promoted to Program Manager. Taylor was responsible for the statewide direction and supervision of adult misdemeanor probation, juvenile monitoring, tobacco enforcement, therapeutic court community supervision and substance abuse program certification.

As an Adult Probation Officer with ASAP, Taylor provided case management and monitoring of misdemeanant probationers with substance abuse or behavioral health requirements. Later, Taylor served as liaison between the criminal justice system and social service agencies, and also served as president of the National Organization of State Impaired Driving Programs (NOSIP) for state DUI administrators.

Taylor will continue to oversee the Division of Probation and Parole until a Director is named; effective December 1 the Division will remain the responsibility of Taylor as Deputy Commissioner.

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida. He is married and has two children.

Success Inside and Out a success at LCCC

The annual Success Inside and Out Conference held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau on Saturday March 3 drew over 30 community volunteers and around 55 inmates. Featured speakers included Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez, Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti and Senator Dennis Egan. Inmates also heard a presentation from a panel of former inmates, moderated by Judge Keith Levy. Pizzas (lunch) were donated by Bullwinkles. Afternoon sessions included a demonstration of how to dress for a job interview, and break-out discussion tables covering topics from employment to healthy relationships.

Re-entry Task Force presents 5-year plan


Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez, Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew and a former inmate who asked that his full name not be used addressed the media at a roll-out of the Prisoner Re-entry Task Force Five-Year Plan May 5 at the Mountain View Diner in Anchorage. Anchorage reporters had on opportunity to learn of the plan’s goals, key of which is to reduce recidivism. The former inmate, going by the first name Andrew, explained some of the challenges he faced as an ex-offender in returning to the workplace. He credited an employer who was willing to overlook has past actions and provide him with a family-wage job. One of the task force goals is to identify impediments to successful re-entry into the community.