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

Fairbanks CO receives Life Saving Award

Fairbanks Correctional Officer II Raymond Newsome was recently awarded the department’s Life Saving Award for Exceptionally Meritorious Service saving the life of a prisoner during a suicide attempt at Fairbanks Correctional Center on July 25, 2018.

Officer Newsome’s rapid response and dedication to duty was abundantly clear after he discovered an inmate unresponsive in his cell. Multiple correctional officers and staff ultimately responded to the module to render aid to the prisoner. During this time, it was found that Officer Newsome demonstrated efficient and purposeful attempts to save the prisoner’s life.

He called for emergency medical responders, then continued to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation until medical arrived on scene. As a nurse prepared to begin CPR, she noticed that the prisoner was breathing and had a pulse.

The expedient work and efforts by Officer Newsome directly affected a positive outcome. Officer Newsom’s calm demeanor, swift actions and willingness to immediately provide care during this medical emergency likely prevented the death of the prisoner. This is testament to Officer Newsome’s professionalism, dedication and commitment to public service.

Correctional Officer II Newsome’s outstanding performance of duty is in good keeping with the finest traditions of the Alaska Department of Corrections and reflects great credit upon himself, the Department and the State of Alaska.


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.

Take a listen: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/05/19/life-in-limbo-at-the-fairbanks-correctional-center/

Sobering Center’s first months show success in alcohol treatment

“Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams toured the center Tuesday morning and said he was incredibly pleased with the effort he’s seen on this project. 

‘I’m super excited about this place because this is about the best story there is about how a community has come together,’ Williams said. ‘This is the best thing that has happened in this particular effort in my two years as commissioner.’

Before Fairbanks had such a facility, emergency responders would often take intoxicated people to Fairbanks Correctional Center or to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, neither of which are designed to be sobering centers,'” the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Read more: http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/sobering-center-s-first-months-show-success-in-alcohol-treatment/article_053aa166-5362-11e8-b378-0788cbc1eb99.html

Fairbanks Correctional Center Garden Project

Fairbanks Correctional Center inmates spent the summer growing and nurturing several raised beds full of vegetables. Recently, they were able to harvest their gardens and donate the food to Stevie’s Place which is a local non-profit that provides child advocacy services.

The inmates were given a list of non-profits and chose Stevie’s Place as the recipient of their hard work. Correctional Officer Julie Johnson spearheaded the project and did an outstanding job working alongside the inmates to produce the best crop they could despite the wet summer in Fairbanks. We look forward to expanding the garden project next year!

Fairbanks Correctional Center Mural

Over the last few months, there have been numerous inmates at Fairbanks Correctional Center who have participated in painting a mural in the gym. The results are amazing! The attached picture does not do justice to the details they incorporated in their artwork. They chose to create a mural that starts in springtime in Fairbanks (to the left), move into the summer activities, transition into fall and finish the mural with winter in the interior. We appreciate the amazing talent we have at FCC and will continue to encourage the arts within our walls.

Mural at Fairbanks Correctional Center

FCC Celebrates Correctional Officers, Nurses Week

On May 6, Fairbanks Correctional Center staff celebrated Correctional Officer week along with Nurses week. Conveniently both weeks fell on the same days this year. As it was the beginning of May (Cinco de Mayo) we had a taco and burrito bar set up for all to enjoy. It was a great time for the staff to come together and appreciate each other and the difficult jobs we do every day. The food was amazing and a great time was had by all.

— Superintendent Tamara Axelsson

Six Graduate from CAP at Fairbanks

FCC CAP Graduates

From L-R: David Johnson, Joseph Barnes, Jacques Lisbey, Patrick Peryea, and Jeffery Sessoms

Six inmates successfully completed the Criminal Attitudes Program at Fairbanks Correctional Center. The six received their certificates on December 27th. “The Criminal Attitudes Program (CAP) program is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral program that focuses specifically on the attitudes, values, beliefs, and rationalizations conducive to criminality. It is designed to specifically target criminal cognitions rather than process based factors. The program consists of 22 two hour group sessions for a total of 44 hours of intervention,” said class facilitator and Education Coordinator Fred Quaile.