AK DOC Today

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

Gov. Walker signs proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision week

This week, we’re celebrating so many dedicated officers on the DOC team. It’s National Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision week‼️It’s a week to reflect on the important role these officers play in our communities.

Take a look at the Executive Proclamation signed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker in honor of #PPPSWeek.

#SaferAlaska #StrongerAlaska #MyAKGov

Superintendent, law enforcement officers support Special Olympic athletes at national games

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

This is the motto of Special Olympics athletes.

Earlier this month athletes, volunteers and supporters from around the nation came together during the first-ever live televised Special Olympics USA games, in Seattle, WA.

Ketchikan Superintendent Jessica Mathews had the honor of participating in the games beside other members of our state and national law enforcement agencies. Officer Fraize, with the Anchorage Police Department, carried the torch through Washington with other law enforcement officers and six athletes, while Superintendent Mathews participated as one of four Advanced Teams that offered logistic support for the Law Enforcement torch bearers carrying the flame of hope.

Congratulations to every athlete that participated. Your hard work, dedication, and bravery continues to inspire us.

DOC releases June drug seizure report

Our dedicated officers work daily to keep drugs out of our facilities. When drugs are discovered, they’re turned over to our Professional Conduct Unit (PCU) for further investigation.

PCU builds cases and works with other law enforcement entities — like the FBI – Federal Bureau of InvestigationDrug Enforcement Administration – DEA, and Alaska State Troopers (Official) — to go after drug traffickers.

Thank you to our dedicated employees for their work helping to build a Safer Alaska.


Tickets on sale: ‘Breaking the Cycle’ and discussion w/ Commissioner Williams about what Alaska can learn from Norway

Tickets are on sale for the screening of the hour-long documentary, “Breaking the Cycle” and a community conversation with Commissioner Dean Williams about what Alaska can learn from the Norway model.

In  the film, the Warden of Halden, Norway’s most humane prison, tours the U.S. prison system to urge a new approach emphasizing on rehabilitation. The documentary tells the story about Jan Strømnes, the deputy warden in the world’s most humane maximum-security prison, Halden Prison in Norway. Strømnes goes on a mission to change one of the most notorious prisons in the world – Attica Correctional Facility in New York State.

Buy tickets, here: https://ticketing.us.veezi.com/purchase/3683?siteToken=suuxCH9wIUGD05u30RvJ%2Fw%3D%3D . 


Community in Unity: Recovery in Incarceration

Addiction often fuels crime. So, how can we prevent some of that criminal activity? By helping people receive treatment. By default, the Alaska Department of Corrections is the largest substance abuse treatment provider in the state.

A couple of weeks ago, Goose Creek inmates in recovery sat down with community to share their stories, ask and answer questions, and to discuss solutions.

Listen to the conversation, here.

WATCH: DOC tests virtual reality as inmate training tool

“Alaska has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country, with more than two-thirds of inmates who leave prison returning within three years. It’s an ongoing problem the Alaska Dept. of Corrections has long sought to solve. Now, the DOC is partnering with the University of Colorado to try something new — training inmates in the skills they’ll need to succeed in life outside of prison using virtual reality,” KTVA 11 News reported Monday.

Watch the story, here.

Spring Creek staff participate in Seward’s Independence Day celebration

We want to offer a special thanks to the Seward United Methodist Church for allowing our folks from the Spring Creek Correctional Center space to set up a booth on your lawn during Seward’s wonderful Fourth of July celebration.

Spring Creek staff used the opportunity to educate the public about projects and programs happening inside the walls, and to sell arts and crafts created by SCCC inmates. The inmates graciously agreed to contribute 35% of the proceeds from any arts and craft sales to the institution’s Special Pet Obedience Training (SPOT) program.

In the SPOT program, inmates care for, train, and rehabilitate dogs in-need, and then adopt them out to community members. With the money earned at this event, staff will be able to buy supplies, like dog food and training treats.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth, including Alaska Governor Bill Walker. We appreciate your support.

Corrections seeks alternatives to halfway houses

“Alaska’s Department of Corrections is starting to test alternatives to the halfway house system in an effort to reduce the number of offenders who commit new crimes after they’re released from prison.

Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams said it doesn’t make sense to keep doing things the same way, when the majority of prisoners cycle in and out of state custody,” KTOO reported Thursday. 

Read more, here.

Point Mackenzie farm welcomes 21 new additions to the herd

Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm (PMCF) is 640 acre parcel that provides food for the state’s prisons and local food banks. Prisoners raise 100 cattle and other livestock while cultivating over a million pounds of produce yearly. Livestock maintenance is a significant requirement and responsibility since the farm’s returning citizens must get up early to feed, water and monitor the beef cattle daily.

It takes a team of dedicated returning citizens who tend to our herd during the day and night shifts. Two of the team members are Crew Chief Eugene Wilson who has been overseeing the cattle for approximately three years and Livestock Worker Lance Hobson who has been working with the cattle for approximately a year.

Currently, the PMCF team has 21 new additions to the herd, which includes two sets of twins!

Community in Unity: Recovery Behind Bars

Many crimes are fueled by drug and alcohol addictions. So what prevents some criminal activity? Helping people receive treatment. Join us for a conversation inside Goose Creek Correctional Center with inmates, staff, and other community members to learn about what’s happening within the state’s largest prison to help people recover from addictions and succeed on the outside.

The event will be held in the prison’s visiting room with a
conversation led by Alaska Public Media’s Anne Hillman.

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Conversation begins at 7 p.m.
Goose Creek Correctional Center
22301 West Alsop Road, Wasilla, Alaska 99623

Note: Please bring an ID, and be prepared to check your belongings before going through security. This program will be recorded for radio broadcast at a later date.

*This event is open to the public. Staff  is not required to attend, but are more than welcome to join.