Inside Alaska’s Prisons

A three-part series on the prison system in Alaska, by Corey Allen-Young, on KTUU (Feb. 2014):

Part One: At Goose Creek Correctional Center, staff are all about organization. No matter what the prison’s nearly 1,300 male inmates are doing during the day, it has to be something that will benefit them in the future.

Part Two: About what it is like to be a Correctional Officer in Alaska’s prison system.

Part Three: As inmates leave Alaska’s prison system, inmates need help to transition successfully back into society. After being released, convicted felon Bess Donovan says she quickly found out there wasn’t a lot of options out there for her to succeed.

Rethinking Alaska’s Corrections Policy Avoiding an Everyday Crisis

From the fall of 2008 to the spring of 2009, the ACLU of Alaska conducted a survey of prisoners in the Alaska prison system in order to review conditions in Alaska facilities and the major privately-run facility in Arizona that houses Alaska prisoners. One attorney from the ACLU of Alaska and four law students from Yale Law School interviewed more than 150 prisoners in every major correctional facility housing Alaska prisoners.

In looking overall at the correctional system, the ACLU of Alaska has concerns bearing more investigation in these areas:

  • Significant overcrowding, particularly in pretrial facilities;
  • Anecdotal prisoner accounts of mismanagement of medical treatment;
  • Under detection and under treatment of mental illness among prisoners;
  • A need for continuing expansion of rehabilitation efforts;
  • Difficulties in developing rehabilitative programs for Alaska Native prisoners and in implementing those programs for women in pretrial facilities; and
  • A prisoner complaint process viewed with suspicion by prisoners and that is without a necessary outside review.

This is from a report released March of 2010

To read the full report click Here