AK DOC Today

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

Officers confiscate 100-plus Tramadol pills at Mat-Su Pretrial

Thanks to the due diligence of correctional officers at Mat-Su Pretrial, 157 Tramadol pills were collected as evidence last Thursday. The officers discovered the pills during a shakedown of a housing unit. Alaska State Troopers took possession the pills.

Discoveries like this one are critical to ensuring the safety of staff and other inmates. We thank our officers for their hard work and dedication to serving Alaskans.

This incident is currently under investigation by DOC’s Professional Conduct Unit (PCU). When illicit drugs are discovered in one of our facilities, PCU works with other law enforcement agencies to build cases that go after drug traffickers.

Popular parenting class at KCC

Parenting classes have been popular at the Ketchikan Correctional Center recently. Good family relationships are an important component of successful reentry. Inmates taking part in the most recent class include (front row, left to right) Karl Seierup, Jeremy Lassiter, Johnathan Jackson, Charles Teal and Robert Fetter. (Back row, left to right) Joshua Cowley, Daniel O’Sullivan, Chaise Peters, Nick Chatham and Adam Williams.

The 2017 Veterans Performance Incentive Award goes to…

Congratulations to DOC criminal justice planner for educational programing Gary Olsen. On Friday, he was awarded the 2017 Veterans Performance Incentive Award (VPIA) for all his hard work connecting veterans, coming through the correctional system, to the reentry employment services that help them be successful in our communities.

Mr. Olsen worked with our DOC staff to help identify veterans upon intake, tracked the information, and used it to notify the Alaska Job Center of veterans who are about to be released.

Mr. Olsen was honored at the annual Veterans and Military Spouses Job Fair on November 18, 2017.

Understanding the value of family

Successful re-entry back for offenders includes more than finding a job or a place to stay, it also involves reconnecting with family and children. In parenting classes at the Ketchikan Correctional Center (KCC), inmates learn how to reconnect with their families, and they learn  valuable techniques to deal with discipline, encouragement and support.

In the photo below, Richard Wilson, Brian Ojeda and Jordan Joplin display their certificates after successfully completing the parenting class at KCC.

Fairbanks COs awarded first Commissioner’s Awards

Three Fairbanks correctional officers received the first ever Commissioner’s Awards last week.

On June 19, 2017, Staff Sergeant Mark Benoit, and Officers James Beaudreault and Daniel Welch worked together to coordinate surveillance efforts and report a suspicious vehicle and suspect on the Fairbanks Correctional Center’s premises to local law enforcement.

This information greatly assisted law enforcement’s pursuit of an armed suspect located in the wood line surrounding the facility.
Through the direction of Staff Sergeant Benoit to his officers and timely communication with local law enforcement the incident was brought to a safe conclusion.

Thank you for your dedicated service to this state.

 

Ketchikan inmates learn about marine safety

Inmates at the Ketchikan Correctional Center recently took part in Alaska Marine Safety Education Association training, sponsored by the Department of Corrections. AMSEA instructor Dug Jensen was at the facility for the three-day class that certified the inmates to be marine safety drill instructors. Many of Ketchikan’s industries are water related and require marine safety instruction certification. Ketchikan Correctional Center is committed to providing inmates skills and certifications that can be used in the local job market as part of its reentry program.

Wildwood inmates help commemorate 9/11

Inmates from Wildwood Correctional Center worked with the American Legion and placed almost 3,000 flags in downtown Kenia in remembrance of the September 11.

Thank you to all of our fallen heroes who sacrificed everything that day 16 years ago. And thank you to all of the brave men and women who continue to protect our country, our people, and our homes.

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Cordova Center raises money for Beans Café

On Saturday, the Cordova Center raised money for a local nonprofit that works every day to feed the hungry. By the end of the day, the group had raised $424 for Beans Cafe. Not bad for a day’s work.
The facility, which sits on the at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Karluk Street, feeds those in need 365 days a year, and also serves as a place for people to gather, and to connect with valuable community resources.
If you missed the car wash, but are interested in donating items, food, money, or time to Beans Café, visit https://www.beanscafe.org/volunteer.

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