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

Department Recruitment Team gears up for 2013 effort

Governor Parnell with Sam Marsh and Rod Ramirez

Sergeants (Correctional Officer III) Sammy Marsh and Rod Ramirez appear with Governor Sean Parnell at the department’s recruitment booth at the AFN Convention in 2012. The Department of Corrections Recruitment Team has been a presence at job fairs around the state. In FY 2012, the team processed 74 percent of the department’s applications and background investigations. The recruitment team is based at the DOC Training Academy in Palmer.

2013 Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award Nomination Period Has Begun

The nomination period for the 2013 Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Awards is now open. The last day nominations can be submitted is January 31, 2013. This is an exceptional opportunity to help build an atmosphere of recognition and appreciation for the hard work and outstanding performance of Peak Performers in the Department of Corrections.

Please consider nominating one of the many exceptional employees that work alongside you. Nominations may be made for any state employee.

Nominations are accepted in the following categories:

  • COWORKER RECOGNITION (Awarded to an individual who supports his or her coworkers, coaches or mentors peers, personifies the spirit of the division/office/section; serves as a model of excellence for coworkers on a daily basis.)
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE – INDIVIDUAL
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE – TEAM (Awarded to a team (two or more) or individual who will be recognized for prompt, courteous service to the public that is well beyond the call of duty)
  • EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE – INDIVIDUAL
  • EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE – TEAM (Awarded to a team or individual that was critical in the achievement of a department objective such as improvement in productivity, cost savings, and was original and/or creative and/or used an innovative or novel approach to delivering this objective)
  • LEADERSHIP (Awarded to an individual who exhibited exceptional leadership in pursuit of a department objective.)
  • CRISIS RESPONDER – INDIVIDUAL
  • CRISIS RESPONDER – TEAM (Awarded to an individual or team who, by responding in a crisis, demonstrated effectiveness, determination and cooperation in the presence of an element of risk.)

You can DOWNLOAD NOMINATION FORMS at THIS LINK.

You can review the criteria for each category HERE.

The Denali Awards web page is HERE.

Nominations must be made on the official nomination form for the appropriate award category. Each nomination should be submitted to your respective DIVISION DIRECTOR, unless you work at a correctional facility or probation field office, in which case your nomination should go to the SUPERINTENDENT or FIELD OFFICE SUPERVISOR. If you work for the Board of Parole, submit your nomination to the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

You can download an example of a completed nomination form HERE.

There’s a list of 2012 winners HERE.

To contact the Department Representative, CLICK HERE.

Download the Denali Awards poster for your office.

Dan’s 20

Dan Delapino

From left to right: Kathee Luth, Ronald Taylor, Daniel Delapino, Cris Sanders and Stephanie Reese

Daniel Delapino with the Interstate Compact Office was recognized for 20 years of State service. The last 14 years have been with the Department of Corrections working in the Interstate Compact office, as well as Anchorage Probation.

Pictured at the Interstate Office & Presentence Unit in Anchorage: Kathee Luth, Ronald Taylor, Daniel Delapino, Cris Sanders and Stephanie Reese. Shannon Watson was in attendance but not pictured.

Departments of Corrections, Labor and Workforce Development Nurture Cooperative Environment

The Department of Corrections and Department of Labor and Workforce Development have been increasing collaborative efforts, with the goal of easing released offenders back into the workplace and a more productive future. Here are some of the ways the two departments are working together:

The DOL’s Central Region Manager met with Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez, Director Ron Taylor, and two AmeriCorps representatives to discuss how AmeriCorps members might work within the regional job centers on job development and services for Prisoner Reentry.

Anchorage Business Connection staff met with the Alaska Prisoner Reentry Task Force at their Employment Workgroup Meeting. The meeting was chaired by Melissa Abrami, Project Coordinator and attendees included Beth Leschper (DOL-WD), Gary Olsen (DOC), John Hakala (Federal Apprenticeship), and Ruth Schoenleben (Nine Star). Participants were updated on the status of six strategies to improve access to employment for individuals with criminal records exiting correctional facilities.

Recently, Anchorage Business Connection staff conducted a Seafood Orientation at Goose Creek Correctional Center. This is part of an effort to assist inmates with employment in the seafood industry after incarceration. DOL-WD is training the DOC Education Coordinator to conduct the Seafood Orientations so she can provide them monthly to inmates nearing release.

God Behind Bars Collaborative Effort of Chaplaincy Office

God Behind Bars (GBB) is a program that began approximately three years ago in Nevada and has rapidly spread to prisons in Oklahoma, Colorado, and now in Alaska. The program consists of four parts. Part one is an HD presentation of a church service from Central Christian Church of Las Vegas NV. This church (seventh largest in USA) shares their service with over 30,000 people every week both in person, on line, and in campuses throughout the US and over 30 countries. Beginning September 28 the services are now shown at Hiland Mountain CC on Friday evenings to over 100 inmates each night. Central Christian Church has partnered with a local Anchorage church, Faith Christian Community and is sharing their services on a part time basis.

Part two of GBB is the introduction of Celebrate Recovery, a 12 step program similar to the AA 12-step program. Celebrate Recovery not only targets drug and alcohol addiction but is very successful in addressing all hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery is scheduled to begin at Hiland CC in November this year.

Part three of GBB centers around helping inmates gain job skills while still in prison to be useful in gaining employment once they are released. Partnering with existing programs will be the goal in this area since Alaska, unlike other states, already has many programs addressing this need.

Part four of GBB emphasizes the importance of helping inmates immediately upon their release. Partnering with the Alaska Prisoner Re-entry Task Force is paramount. As was true with part three, Alaska is ahead of other states and is fortunate to have this task force. GBB has already made this connection and will be bringing ideas that have worked in other states to the table.

One of the greatest attributes of this program is that it runs at no cost to the state. It is directed totally by volunteers and donations. It partners with local churches, Alaskan Correctional Ministries and other concerned individuals.

Superintendents, Field Office Leads Meet at Palmer

2012 Superintendents Meeting

Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti was keynote speaker at the opening session of the annual Superintendents Conference, held Oct. 9-10 at the department’s Training Academy in Palmer. Superintendents and Probation Supervisors met, along with division directors to share information and hear reports on yearly progress and new initiatives.

Department speaks to Evidence Based Sentencing at Judicial Conference

The Department of Corrections was privileged to be invited to participate in the 2012 Judicial Conference. Alaska Court of Appeals Judge Joel H. Bolger, responsible for the conference curriculum, invited the department to discuss Evidence Based Sentencing.

Commissioner Joe Schmidt offered opening comments, telling over 100 judges how important he views a collaborative relationship between the judiciary and DOC. Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierreez moderated a panel discussion led by Chief Probation Officers Keith Thayer, Rebecca Brunger and Martie Correa. Thayer and Correa provided an explanation of, and answered questions on, the Level of Service Inventory, Revised (LSI-R), how it’s used in the institutions and by field probation officers. Brunger provided the results of DOC’s examination of LSI-R data regarding risk levels of current probationers and the new direction for probationer supervision. DOC also offered suggestions regarding the practical applications of the LSI-R tool at sentencing and during PTRP (petition to revoke probation) disposition hearings.

Wanted: Staff to Volunteer for Annual SHARE Campaign

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It is that time of year. Richard Schmitz, department SHARE Coordinator, is seeking volunteer “key workers” for the annual SHARE CAMPAIGN, particularly in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Mat-Su as well as individual institutions and field offices. Once identified, keyworkers will be asked to attend a training session for an hour or so (Sept. 5 in Juneau, Sept. 11 in Fairbanks, Sept. 13 in Anchorage Atwood Building, and Sept. 14 in Anchorage Frontier Building) if close by. There is alternative training for volunteers who are not located close to these locations.
Please contact Richard Schmitz if you would like to VOLUNTEER to be a SHARE KEY WORKER for 2012.

http://www.alaskashare.org

DOC participants gain working knowledge at BAIID conference

BAIID Conference

Conference participants, from left, Probation Officer Chris McKenzie, Probation Officer Stefanie Hayes, Procurement Manager John Schauwecker

The Department of Corrections is the agency which is responsible for certifying BAIIDs … that’s Blood Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices. That task falls on Procurement, which is why procurement chief John Schauwecker participated in a two-day conference at the Anchorage Police Department training center July 23-24th. Regulations require BAIID vendors to report violations – for example when the device prevents a car from starting because the operator’s breath alcohol level is too high. For that reason Probation Officers Chris McKenzie and Stefanie Hayes attended the conference with a goal of learning more about the devices and how to access reports of violations by probationers required to use the devices. The conference was conducted by Ottawa, Canada-based Traffic Injury Research Foundation.