AK DOC Today

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

Anchorage Probation Officers undertake major drug arrest

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On March 24, Probation officers from Anchorage Probation Enhanced Supervision Unit went to the residence of one of their offenders. The offender was not at home, but was seen walking down the street. He entered the residence and denied the officers access. After several minutes and a request for assistance from APD and the canine unit, the offender opened his apartment door and walked out to the probation officers. He was restrained and returned to the residence for a probation search. The search was initiated and cocaine was found in a kitchen drawer. The search was terminated and APD returned with a search warrant. The search continued and $30,000 cash and cocaine were found. The offender was remanded and the case was forwarded for new criminal offenses through either the state or federal court.

Approximately 18 months ago, officers of the same Enhanced Supervision Unit were instrumental in another drug bust and through the Asset Forfeiture program with the US Government, the Division of Probation and Parole just received $40,000 as their share of the forfeited money and assets. The Division Director and Supervisor of the ESU are currently in negotiations for how the money should or will be spent.

Meeting on Service Dog Training held at HMCC

A meeting on the topic of training service dogs in a prison setting was held at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center on March 22. Much of the focus was on meeting folks involved in a new organization established to increase the availability of service dogs for Alaskans who could benefit from their assistance. HMCC has a remarkable home-grown program in place which has trained 5 service dogs so far, all of whom have been given to wounded soldiers. The meeting provided an opportunity for HMCC staff to meet Sr. Paulina Quinn, who has established service dog training programs in prisons across the nation.

DOC presence boosts Choose Respect rally in Seward

Some 30 staff from the department’s central office and Spring Creek Correctional Center helped lead a large turnout for Thursday’s ‘Choose Respect’ rally and march in Seward on Thursday, March 31. Presenters included Division Directors Donna White (Probation and Parole) and Garland Armstrong (Institutions), Superintendent Craig Turnbull, and Lt. Bob Lockeby. About 100 residents turned out for the event, designed to bring attention to Alaska’s high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Success Inside and Out

The annual Success Inside and Out professional pre-release conference was held Saturday, March 5, at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. Just under 100 inmates attended, with about an equal number of community volunteers and professional staff present for the event, held in the facility’s gymnasium. The day included musical entertainment, a panel of former inmates, breakout sessions with local employers, treatment providers and advocates. The afternoon began with a fashion show where inmates modeled dress appropriate for a job interview or the workplace. Afternoon panels focused on education and training. Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez attended, along with Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti.

Recruitment Team prepares for busy spring schedule

The Department of Corrections recruitment team will be active and visible across Alaska this month. “March is Job Fair season,” said Acting Academy Commander and recruitment leader Dan Traxinger. “We will be present individually or as a team at six job fairs or events this month.” Both Correctional Officers and Probation Officers will be taking time out to man the booths. The job fairs and events are as follows:

  • March 16 … Anchorage Job Fair, Dena’ina Center
  • March 17 … Mat-Su Job Fair, Mat-Su College
  • March 18 … Total Force Job Fair, Alaska National Guard Armory, Fort Richardson
  • March 18 … Y-K Delta Job Fair, Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, Bethel
  • March 19 … Kenai Peninsula Job Fair, Soldotna Sports Center
  • March 31-April 4, Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show, Sullivan/Ben Boeke Arena

Ketchikan Field Office welcomes new Probation Officer

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Probation Officer Lindy Henrick was sworn in on February 24 in Ketchikan by the Hon. Trevor N. Stephens in the Ketchikan Superior Court before family, friends and the criminal justice community. Probation Officer Henrick was born and raised in Ketchikan and graduated from Ketchikan High School in 2005 with honors and having earned letters in volleyball, basketball and track & field. Officer Henrick was a Criminal Justice major at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). During her four years at UAA Officer Henrick attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, was a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and did an independent Water and Crime study. Henrick graduated from UAA in 2009 Magna Cum Laude and immediately began to pursue her Masters in Public Administration through the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). She expects to complete the program by December.

CO’s volunteer effort frees snowbound residences

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It doesn’t snow too often in Ketchikan, but when an 8-inch snowfall greeted residents one Sunday morning in February, a local correctional officer saw an opportunity to help and took action, according to a report appearing in the February 26th edition of the Ketchikan Daily News. CO Brian Calvin fired up his four-wheeler and spent part of a Sunday morning clearing walkways, common areas and the parking lot of a residential apartment complex. Homeowners Association members joined in with shovels and cleared areas where the four-wheeler couldn’t reach. “It is this kind of generosity and thoughtfulness that shows who our local heroes are,” wrote resident Rachel Ross.

Rescued dogs find temporary home at Point Mac Correctional Farm

Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm will be temporarily caring for dogs recently seized in a puppy mill rescue from the MatSu Valley. Currently PMCF is in the process of setting up donated fencing and dog houses to accommodate up to 52 dogs, if necessary.

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“During the week of February 14th we have accepted large shipments of food and supplies from the animal shelter in preparation for more dogs,” said Superintendent Amy Rabeau. “We currently have 4 dogs and more on the way once the Vet clears them to be moved. Apparently, these dogs were in horrendous shape when they were seized. The four we currently have out at Pt Mac are shy but loving all the attention they are receiving.”

Commissioner Schmidt briefs AFN Board of Directors

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Commissioner Joe Schmidt along with other commissioners appeared before the AFN (Alaska Federation of Natives) Board of Directors on Thursday, Feb. 10 in Juneau. The commissioner provided a brief overview of department goals and answered questions from board members. The meeting was held in Juneau. The board also heard from the state’s congressional delegation at the afternoon session.