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

Upcoming DOC events

The Department of Corrections is hosting two upcoming educational events. These are both open to staff and the public. We hope you’ll join us.

June 14, 2018 on Facebook Live: In the latest installment of Chit-Chat w/ Commissioner Williams, we’ll be discussing the expanding cannery work-release program and taking a virtual tour of the facility. By tapping into one of Alaska’s resources, DOC will be able to teach job skills and provide employment opportunities to individuals nearing the end of their sentences.

Share the event or post questions on Facebook.

July 23, 2018 at Bear Tooth: The Department of Corrections presents a screening of the documentary, “Breaking the Cycle.” The hour-long film follows the warden of Halden — Norway’s most humane prison that’s showing promising results — tours the U.S. prison system to discuss the importance of rehabilitation in incarceration.

The screening will follow a discussion and Q & A with Commissioner Dean Williams, Wildwood Superintendent Shannon McCloud, and more.

Tickets are $4. They go on sale online and in the box office July 10, 2018. Buy them, here.

More: https://www.facebook.com/events/195405034616625/permalink/195409167949545/

See you there!

 

PED preparing to open Kenai office

“The Pretrial Enforcement Division of the state Department of Corrections began setting up shop in May, five months after offices opened in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Palmer. Along with the Kenai office, new offices are also opening in Bethel and Ketchikan,” the Peninsula Clarion reported.

Read more: http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2018-06-01/criminal-justice-reform-comes-home-new-pretrial-enforcement-office-opens-kenai

From PED: Officers arrest defendant for VCOR, discover stolen weapon

Last week, Palmer Pretrial Enforcement Officers were contacted by a community member who said a pretrial defendant was threatening him. The officers encouraged the man to contact the Wasilla Police Department to file a formal report; meanwhile, DOC’s pretrial officers were able to follow-up with the defendant, per the defendant’s release conditions set by a judge.

When the pretrial officers arrived at the defendant’s home for field contact, they discovered a stolen pistol in the garage, and another loaded pistol in the defendant’s bedroom and several other deadly weapons. Per release conditions, the defendant was not allowed to possess any firearms.

The pretrial officers arrested the defendant for violating his release conditions, and the stolen weapon was handed over to Wasilla police.

In Alaska, pretrial defendants have always gotten out on bail. But with the creation of the Pretrial Enforcement Division, individuals released on bail are now being supervised by law enforcement. Thank you to the pretrial officers for their quick response and for helping to build a safer Alaska.

Officers support Special Olympics athletes in Torch Run

In 1981, the first Special Olympics Torch Run took place in Kansas. More than 30 years later, law enforcement officers from across the U.S. hit the road again this year to raise money for the nonprofit.

From Nome to Kodiak, the Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive took place simultaneously in 14 Alaska communities to support more than 2,000 Special Olympics Alaska athletes.

And all of the money raised here stays right here in the Last Frontier.

Let’s hear it for all of the officers across the country who took time to participate and to support our neighbors!

Listen: What role is DOC play in the criminal justice system?

Commissioner Williams joined Justice Alaska co-hosts Senior Judge Elaine Andrews and Shelly Wozniak, to take a look at life “behind the walls” of Alaska’s prisons.

Click the link below to learn more about what role the correctional system plays in the criminal justice system, what DOC is doing to lower the recidivism rate, and much more.

Take a listen: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/05/11/commissioner-dean-williams-on-alaska-department-of-corrections/

‘Cultivating a Positive Future’ at PMCF

Take a look at the new sign at the Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm. The sign was custom made by inmates, who even chose the slogan — “Cultivating a Positive Future.”

To pick the slogan, inmates got to submit suggestions and then vote.

The hand carved wooden bear was completed right before the Palmer Correctional Center shutdown and has now found it’s place at the farm.

Meet the GCCC Employee of the Year

Officer Angela Lincoln started her career with the State of Alaska Department of Corrections on May 15, 2014 at Goose Creek Correctional Center. She was voted employee of the month by her peers for her vigilance of constantly being watchful of potential dangers and threats within her area of work. Her dedication to DOC and to the facility she works at has not gone unnoticed — from arriving on time everyday, to finishing the tasks presented to her, to giving 110 percent every time.

Please join us in congratulating Correctional Officer Lincoln as the facilities employee of the year.

Spring Creek CO receives DOC Life Saving Award

Today, we’re recognizing a Spring Creek correctional officer recently awarded a life saving award for his work.

Here are the details of his well-deserved recognition:

TO: Correctional Officer II Darren Withrow
FOR: Exceptionally Meritorious Service while attempting to save the life of a prisoner during a suicide attempt at Spring Creek Correctional Center on 08/21/2017. Officer Withrow’s rapid response and dedication to duty was evidenced when a prisoner was found hanging and unresponsive in his cell. Multiple correctional officers and staff responded to the module to render aid to the prisoner. During this time, it was found that Officer Darren Withrow, demonstrated efficient and purposeful attempts to save the prisoner’s life. Officer Withrow cut the prisoner down, quickly removed the ligature from his neck, and began to take complete charge of the situation by coordinating the life-saving efforts. Officer Withrow called for emergency medical responders, continued to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation, oversaw the application of the automated external defibrillator, and the extraction of the prisoner. The expedient work and direction by Officer Withrow with responding staff is evidenced by the fact it was only six minutes from the time the prisoner was discovered, to the time he was transported out to an ambulance. Through the coordinated efforts and direction of Officer Withrow, expedient efforts were demonstrated in attempting to save a prisoner’s life. Correctional Officer II Withrow’s outstanding performance of duty is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Alaska Department of Corrections and reflects great credit upon himself, the Department and the State of Alaska.

Watch Ofc. Withrow receive his award: https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaDOC/videos/2062020617392822/

 

Inmates prepare for work at Kenai cannery

“Since Wildwood began allowing selected groups of inmate volunteers to hold jobs at Kenai’s fish processors in 2012, the inmates have been bused daily between the prison and their workplaces. When the work-release inmates go to work at the canneries this year, they’ll be living under electronic monitoring in dormitories on-site. Room and board costs will be paid from their wages.

Inmates in the last year of their sentence can apply to work 12-14 hour shifts at the canneries. Those who pass a screening test earn minimum wage plus overtime. The program had 20 participants its first year, and has had up to 50 participants since, said Wildwood Superintendent Shannon McCloud,” the Peninsula Clarion reported.

Read more: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2018-05-03/worker-inmates-be-housed-kenai-cannery