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

Christmas Eve at Mat-Su Pretrial

On Christmas Eve, Chaplain Steve Alexander and his three sons Josiah, Seth and Levi stopped by MSPT to spread some Christmas cheer to our prisoner population. We went to each mod and sang Christmas Carols, read the Christmas story, prayed with the prisoners and gave out Christmas goodie bags. The prisoners received a Christmas bag filled with candy, a Christian track and a handwritten Christmas note from Mrs. Helen Riley.  They also received a bag of specially made Christmas cookies provided by the MSPT Kitchen staff.  A great time was had by all and it truly lifted the spirits of the prisoner population!

Mat-Su Pretrial staff honored at Palmer Elks Lodge banquet

On October 21, 2017, the following Mat-Su Pretrial (MSPT) staff were honored at the annual Palmer Elks Lodge Law, Order and Safety Banquet.

Officer Les McMichael was awarded MSPT Officer of the Year.

Les McMichael started with the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) in 1996 at the Spring Creek Correctional Center (SCCC). In 1999, he transferred to Cook Inlet Pretrial (CIPT). In 2008, he transferred to Mat-Su Pretrial.

Lt. Jan Jenski had this to say about Ofc. Les McMichael: “It is not the badges or the uniforms that maintain the stability in a facility such as MSPT, it is Officers like Les McMichael. Les has earned a reputation for being approachable, being kind and listening to people.”

SSgt. Ken Roediger was awarded MSPT Sergeant of the Year.

Ken Roediger started with DOC in 2004 at SCCC. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2014 at MSPT and became a shift supervisor.

SSgt. Roediger is an excellent leader, trainer and mentor. He treats the prisoners with respect.

One of his officers stated the following: “He is patient when it comes to everything that he does, from training Officers to dealing with inmates. The public, inmates and officers are safe when he is on shift.”

Nurse II Alex Miroshnick was awarded MSPT Medical Staff Member of the Year.

Alex started with DOC in 2000 at CIPT. He transferred to ACC in 2011 and ACO in 2013, where he worked for five months as a relief nurse.

In September 2013, Alex transferred to MSPT.

Alex is one of the most caring and compassionate people you can come across. He deals with emergencies with confidence and a calm demeanor. He treats the prisoner population with compassion, professionalism and consistency.

Each one of these staff members are an important part of the team here at MSPT. We are thankful we get to work with such talented and dedicated staff.

You are an asset to MSPT and the Department of Corrections. Thank you for all you do!

— Acting Superintendent Sheri Olsen

Mat Su Pre Trial Has Record Number of GED Grads

As of December 7, 2016 Mat Su Pre Trial’s Facility’s Education Coordinator Kaye Saxon had her 20th graduate pass their GED this year.

That’s a record number of graduates at MSPT that Ms. Saxon gives much of the credit and success to MSPT inmate Ross Forys for his role in volunteering as a math tutor this year.

Ms. Kaye Saxon started her career with the Department of Corrections as the Education Coordinator at MSPT in July of 1998. She is dedicated to helping the inmates that pass through these doors of Mat-Su Pretrial to become a better person walking out than when they walked in.

The classes she conducts for the offenders here at Mat-Su Pretrial are include GED/Tabe Testing and pretesting, CAP, Inside Out Dad Parenting Family Ties, Non-Custodial Dad 5 part curriculum, Parenting with Dignity, Parenting – Domestic Violence/ACES, Parenting – Talking with Moms, Parenting – Spirituality in Fatherhood, Parenting – Out of the Ashes, Parenting – Children of Addiction, AK Food Workers Card, Career Advantage Series, Cognitive Self Change, Choosing Change I, II – offered continuously (post CAP), Computer lab, Monitors use of Law Library (Digital Law Library) for prisoners, Misc. communication, relapse prevention and post release success classes, Various Art classes during holidays and approximately once weekly for parenting art, Coordinated access to representatives of Veterans Administration and Child Support Enforcement, Coordinated Anger Management programming, Assisted inmates with correspondence vocational programming, and maintained, reorganized recreational library and supervises the Prisoner Facility Orientation.

Ms. Saxon is truly one of the special employees within the department looking to make a difference in the lives of the inmates she has the opportunity to come into contact with to help them make their reintegration back into our communities a safe one.

Thank you, Kaye Saxon for your service to the State of Alaska, The Department of Corrections, Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and the inmates you help on a daily basis. We appreciate you!

Pictured From L to R: Kaye Saxon, Ross Forys

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Sgt. Kitter honored for Law, Order, and Safety

Sergeant Doreen Kitter was honored recently at the Law, Order and Safety Appreciation Banquet at the Palmer Elks Lodge.

As the Records Sergeant at Mat Su Pre Trial, She was nominated to receive honors for her commitment to professionalism and dedication to her department.

Sergeant Kitter is a highly respected sergeant by her peers, supervisors and the Mat-Su Valley Law Enforcement Community. Her dedicated work in the records department interrupting court documents working with the courts and enforcement agencies ensuring individuals arriving back from court, that their court documents are checked for accuracy. She is responsible for insuring that their time accounting is accurate, if they are time served or remain in DOC custody. She doubles helping out the probation department, also the booking area when no female officers are available conducting intakes on newly remanded individuals.

Because of the dedication to her position, she is one of DOC’s top time accounting sergeants in the department today. Sergeant Doreen Kitter, on behalf of the department and Mat-Su Pretrial thank you for all your support and dedication in making the Mat-Su Valley a safer place. We appreciate you!

Amber Crawford Mat-Su Pretrial Employee of the Quarter

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Employee of the Quarter Amber Crawford is presented with a letter confirming the award by Lt. Tim Routen.

Amber Crawford has been selected as Employee of the Quarter (April-June 2012) at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. “She was nominated by her peers for the professional and courteous manner in which she interacts with staff and for her extremely positive and happy attitude. During much of this quarter she had been filling both the Accounting Clerk and Administrative Manager positions and in doing so remained helpful, dedicated. Despite her double duties she continued to consider the needs of staff and did whatever she could to make THEIR jobs easier. She was described by one of her nominees as ‘our ray of sunshine!,'” said Superintendent Steve Brunger. The MSPT Employee Recognition Committee thanked Ms. Crawford for her sacrifice, dedication, excellent service and sunny disposition. As Employee of the Quarter she will also be considered at the end of the year for Employee of the Year.

Correctional Officer Kitter Employee of the Quarter at Mat-Su Pretrial


CO II Doreen Kitter is presented with the first-ever Employee of the Quarter award for Mat-Su Pretrial by Lt. Tim Routen. Officer Kitter was nominated by her peers for her calm demeanor and quick response in emergency situations. She was also commended for her professionalism and positive attitude, with the public, co-workers and inmates. Officer Kitter’s excellent work ethic contributes to a safer and more pleasant and less stressful environment in which to work.