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

Ironworkers help men prep for life outside of Goose Creek Correctional Center

Ninety-six percent of incarcerated individuals are released from prison. For their reintegration back into the community to be successful, there are three main things they’ll need: Access to behavior health services, stable housing, and employment.

But while incarcerated, it can be challenging to get hands-on training and work experiences. The Ironworkers Local #751 Apprenticeship is trying to help with that.

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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.

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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.


See you there!


A letter from reentry

Hello ADOC,

I’m writing today to catch you all up to speed on some of the reentry efforts underway within the department.  I’ve worked with many of you over the years, but I know there are many I haven’t had the pleasure of working with yet. Hopefully, that changes soon. To make effective changes, we’re going to have to work together and we’re going to need your input. As we move through these next months, you might hear the word “reentry” being utilized more. Why?  There is a greater understanding that for healthier communities, happier families, lower recidivism rates and a safer Alaska; the focus needs to be on reentry.

We have gone through some massive criminal justice reform efforts, which includes changing the way we interact and work with individuals in our system at many different points.  This was a lot of hard work that YOU did and yes dare I say it — a lot of change.  ADOC is primed now more than ever to make impactful changes and provide effective interventions to individuals within corrections.  With increased communication and coordination between our department, community agencies, and all the other stakeholders, we can decrease recidivism rates and make changes that increase the safety of our neighborhoods.

Reentry encompasses everything. It begins on remand, continues during incarceration through programming, treatment, and release planning, and continues post-release through the guidance of POs and the assistance of community partners.  Reentry is not new and ADOC has been working on it for years; however, the demographics of our population have changed, as have our service providers and the way we interact and communicatewith outside agencies.  Therefore we will continue to assess our reentry efforts.

There are many drivers of recidivism and quite frankly, I think some of the innovative ways we are addressing them are pretty cool.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Development of the DOI Transitional Work Opportunity (TWO) and Community Electronic Monitoring P&P.  This enhances the use of EM as a transition tool for employment and vocational purposes (shout out to WWCC). The TWO Interim policy can be accessed here.
  • Development of the Volunteer In-Reach Program (VIP) and Qualified Community Representative (QCR) Policies.  This helps standardize the way we work with various service agencies and interact with community members to supplement an Institutional need.  This also developed a training curriculum for VIP’s and QCR’s that will ensure everyone is properly trained (shout out to all the Institutional folks who provided input — there has been a lot along the way-kudos to LCCC and the Academy on the comprehensive training curriculum).  The Volunteer In-Reach Program policy can be accessed here and the Day Pass Program policy can be accessed here.
  • Focus on different Transitional Housing Models.  I won’t say too much on this, but this makes me happy as it acknowledges “not one size fits all” with reentry.

I have been told I need to keep this short and sweet but get me talking about reentry and I don’t want to stop.  One more thing I want to mention is ADOC’s Statewide Reducing Recidivism Strategic Planning Grant (SRR).  While in its planning phase currently, we will be submitting a proposal for implementation funds of up to $3 million within the next month.  We received this grant based off something mentioned above; the need for increased communication and collaboration.  The lack of this minimizes the effectiveness of our efforts that we have taken during this criminal justice reform.  During this planning period we are looking at ways to enhance a Coordination of Care Model within ADOC and its vast number of partners.

I will continue to provide updates as we move forward with reentry efforts and strategic planning within ADOC.  I look forward to working with everyone in the future, please contact me at any time with questions or comments and visit the ADOC website/reentry for updates as well.  June 7th we will be having a “lunch and learn” to discuss AA as a resource as well as the VIP and QCR policies.  This is an opportunity to learn about resources and things that are currently happening within ADOC.  Please see the  flyer for more details.

Thank you and have a great day,

Morgen Jaco


Goose creek officers make drug bust

A correctional officer at Goose Creek Correctional Center discovered nine Suboxone strips while processing incoming mail last week. While searching a book mailed to an inmate at the facility, the officer noticed the book’s spine had been altered. When the CO separated the spine from the book, they discovered the suboxone strips.

The Department of Corrections continues to work internally and with other law enforcement agencies to keep drugs out of our prisons and off our streets. While there are a variety of ways that drug traffickers attempt to bring drugs inside, the most common way is through the mail – which is why each piece of mail is thoroughly inspected. This work is critical to public safety.

DOC’s Professional Conduct Unit is investigating the incident.

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.

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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: Community in Unity, Life in Limbo at FCC

Some people stay at Fairbanks Correctional Center for a few days; others are there for years. Most of the inmates are living their lives in limbo — awaiting their trials and their futures. During Community in Unity: Life in Limbo, inmates, correctional center staff, and other community members sat together for an open conversation about the justice system, day-to-day life at FCC, and what’s happening on the outside to help people who are released.

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As prisoners imagine life on the outside, can technology help them stay out?