AK DOC Today

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

Wildwood Correctional Center names Employees of the Year

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Sgt. James Milburn and CO II Valerie Hudson have been named Wildwood Correctional Center’s Employees of the Year. Sgt. Milburn is an eleven year veteran of the Department. He is currently a Shift Supervisor at the sentenced facility. He has exemplified the Departments mission and works very hard to promote staff involvement in public service endeavors. He most recently was the team captain for the Relay for Life event held in Soldotna in the spring. He is hard working and a positive role model for other staff members. CO II Valerie Hudson, time-accounting officer at the pretrial facility, is an almost 15-year DOC veteran. She is a time accounting officer at the pre-trial facility. She has been instrumental in training the staff in use of the new ACOMS system. “She is the “go to” person when questions arise in any area of the facility,” said Superintendent Bob Hibpshman. “She is truly a gem.”

Glimpse of Goose Creek provided to legislators, staff

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With the 27th Alaska Legislature just a few weeks from beginning its work in Juneau, DOC Commissioner Joe Schmidt and Admin Services Director Leslie Houston hosted a tour of the construction site. Joining the tour were Rep. Lindsey Holmes and staff members for Senators Linda Menard and Charlie Huggins. Since that date the Commissioner and Director have focused on preparations for budget hearings and other committee appearances at the Alaska State Capital.

Commissioners check in on Goose Creek construction progress

The Commissioners of Corrections and Labor-Workforce Development spent a good part of a morning touring the Goose Creek Correctional Center construction site at Point Mackenzie. The tour was an opportunity for Joe Schmidt and ‘Click’ Bishop to receive a full update on construction progress from the main contractors. The commissioners found all main buildings fully enclosed and heated.

PCC Community Work Service Teams clean up

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Community Work Service teams of Correctional Officers and volunteer inmates from Palmer Correctional Center cleared 19,045 pounds of trash from Mat-Su Borough roadsides this year, according to figures released bu Superintendent Cindy Betts. Besides the roadside detail work, CWS team from PCC performed maintenance tasks at recreation sites around the borough, including Slipper Lake, Russian Jack, Hay Flats-Resurrection Lake. The teams also provided clean-up work at the Mat-Su Animal Shelter and at the landfill.

CWS teams from Point Mac Correctional Farm also contributed time and labor toward preparing the area’s girl scout camp for the summer season.

HMCC inmates ‘give back’ with generous holiday donations

The Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Native Culture Council has adopted the villages of Larsen Bay and Atmautluak for this year’s “Adopt a Village program. In addition, the Inmate Council Club has adopted two families through the Salvation Army. The inmates raised approximately $8,000 for the two villages, and $6,000 for the two families. Many handcrafted items are included but are not reflected in the cost figures.

Staff changes at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center

Please welcome Patricia Eckroate as Anvil Mountain Correctional Center Food Service Lead. Patricia is a long-time Nome resident and brings years of food service experience. Also, please welcome Darcy Verdin to her new position as AMCC accounting clerk. Darcy began her service at AMCC in 2005 as administrative clerk and has proven a valuable part of our administrative team.

— Mike Dunham, Superintendent.

SHARE fund-raiser baked potato bar held at JCO

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The annual SHARE fundraiser baked-potato bar at the Juneau Central Office Friday raised well over $2,700. Kudos to the kitchen staff at Lemon Creek Correctional Center who expertly baked over 100 potatoes for the event, which was held jointly with Fish & Game. A baked potato was free to anyone who submitted a SHARE pledge of any amount. Folks from JCO proved very generous.

Smiles for a Child project of King Career Center class

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The Anchorage School District King Career Center’s Public Safety & Security class is conducting a community service project paired with the Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton. On Thanksgiving weekend students and instructor Teena Calkin will be at the Simon 5th Ave. Mall in downtown Anchorage collecting new unwrapped toys for over 100 children of incarcerated inmates at Palmer Correctional Center.

Incarcerated parents are usually unable to give their child a gift at Christmas. This criminal justice class is working with the correctional facility in order to bring a smile to a child during the holiday season. The gifts will be wrapped and given or sent to inmate’s children.

Last year’s drive was a huge success thanks to the many personal, business, charitable organizations and local and national retailers. Anyone wishing to donate gifts or postage shouldcontact Instructor Teena Calkin at the King Career Center at 742-8996 or calkin_teena@asdk12.org.