AK DOC Today

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

After 20-plus years with DOC, Jesse Self retires

It’s been more than 20 years since Jesse Self took his first job with the Department of Corrections. It was March 23, 1995 and he was appointed as a CO I. In the years that followed, Self would work his way through the ranks, accepting numerous promotions, and eventually becoming a Superintendent III. But on the last day of June, Self said goodbye to DOC.

Effective July 1, Self retired.

We appreciate his long service to our department and wish him well with the next chapter.

Anvil Mountain inmates receive Hazwoper certification

Inmates at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center gathered
during the week of June 12
th to certify in a Hazwoper training
course. The topics covered included, Hazwoper regulations, safety and
health plans, hazardous chemicals, safety hazards, air monitoring, medical
surveillance, site control, decontamination, personal protective equipment, and
respiratory equipment.

“I loved this class. It took my mind off of things to be out
of the quad, and I learned a lot about handling hazardous materials,” said
inmate Ransom Bradley.

In addition to a newly acquired skillset, the course also
offered inmates a hopeful outlook for when they release from custody.

Inmate Vincent Matthias, of Stebbins, said, “Classes like
this give me a positive outlook for when I get out…that I have something that I
can do other than use alcohol and drugs.”

Inmate Kenneth Smith of Nome plans to bring the
knowledge he learned in the course to his community. He said, “Knowing exactly
how I can protect the

environment and the people of my community means a lot to
me.”

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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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Ketchikan Correctional’s 2017 Torch Run Supports Special Olympics

Alaska Department of Corrections employees in Ketchikan, and across Alaska, joined several law enforcment agencies over the weekend for the Special Olympics Alaska annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The group of 88 runners and walkers representing the Southeast community raised $6,000 for the nonprofit.

All of the proceeds remain in Alaska communities and support local athletes.

“For us, this is huge,” said Ketchikan Correctional Center superintendent Jessica Mathews.

This year 14 Alaska communities took part.

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