AK DOC Reentry

Win Win Situation for Wildwood Inmate and Kenai Peninsula Business

Thomas Lorah is our latest participant in the Vocational Work Release Program at Alaska Department of Corrections Wildwood Correctional Complex. He was sentenced in 2012 and sent to WCC where he has remained. He completed a 6000 hour DOL Apprenticeship Program in Baking, completed several NCCER programs, Substance Abuse Treatment as well as a participant in the summer work release program at the cannery.

We contacted a new company in Soldotna, Everything Bagels, about a possible job placement for him a few months ago. They were eager to have him come work for them in the their new store, opening up in Kenai. He is their primary baker for this location. During the soft opening, everything sold out in less than 5 hours, before the lunch rush even started.

Several DOC employees went to the opening to support our newest participant and business (could be the reason they sold out so fast).

Thomas is extremely happy and loves what he is doing and it shows. He had a smile on his face the whole time. It was a perfect fit for both the employer and the employee.

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Feed Me Hope Culinary Art School Graduation

This is Bill Bass, a Alaska Department of Corrections & Cordova Center resident who just graduated last night from the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center Feed Me Hope Culinary Art School.

Bill was part of the first (12 week) class in this program that taught food preparation/cooking and also included life skills training. He had his first interview last week at a local restaurant.

Bill told us that the class gave him focus, but that more importantly these people became his family.

Six Alaska Department of Corrections residents at Cordova Center are being interviewed for the next class.

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New Kenai program aims to help prisoners re-enter society, KTUU Channel 2 News

Check out this KTUU Channel 2 News story on Wildwood Correctional's Work Release Program that is helping prisoners re-enter society successfully

Dept. of Corrections sees success at halfway houses, KTUU Channel 2 News

Check out this KTUU Channel 2 News story on Alaska Department of Corrections success in halfway houses

Training Academy Host Community Resource Day

The first week of Probation Officer Academy #27 included a half day of training with Probation Officer Morgen Jaco discussing the Alaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative. Upon conclusion of the classroom presentation, Officers were encouraged to meet the providers. PO Jaco did a wonderful job organizing a Community Resource Venue that hosted 19 agencies that provide services to returning citizens.
Probation officers attending the academy in addition to field and institutional officers from surrounding areas were invited to participate. Officers were able to gather information, speak with service providers directly and ask questions to expand their knowledge concerning what resources are available to assist them in the future.

This event aids officers in understanding their role concerning reentry and identifying community partners within their areas. The representative agencies were able to engage in a two way dialog with new probation officers to facilitate future communications and coordination of services.

Thank you to Probation Officer Jaco for coordinating this event that brought our services providers to one location.