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Empire Editorial: Alaska's prison system is killing Alaskans

...if he had been hanged on the steps of our capitol building. On Monday, Walker accepted the resignation of corrections commissioner Ron Taylor, a good-natured man whom Walker himself appointed to the job in January. Now comes Walt Monegan...
State senator rescinds subpoena for video in inmate death

ANCHORAGE - A Republican state senator is appealing to the Department of Corrections commissioner in an effort to get surveillance video related to an inmate's death.The Alaska Dispatch News reports 20-year-old Davon...
Audit: Systemic problems in Corrections Department

...the agency was under scrutiny over the way it handled a series of inmate deaths. It also comes after longtime corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt and institutions director Bryan Brandenburg were dismissed by the administration of new Gov. Bill...
Sex offender program moves from Juneau to Southcentral Alaska save money on transportation, according to the state Department of Corrections. Portia Parker, deputy corrections commissioner, said moving the program would save money spent on sending prisoners to Juneau for incarceration and risk assessment...
Governor cuts prisoner transportation program funds

...status quo. The state has never transported Anchorage's prisoners and the contract does not change that, said Corrections Commissioner Marc Antrim. "We can agree it should have been worded a little bit more clearly, but the parties' intent...
Corrections touts prison labor

...repairs, utilities and maintenance. The department would provide the inmate labor and security. Mattson and Corrections Commissioner Marc Antrim both said the private-public partnerships would provide rehabilitation to the prisoners at no...
Palin chooses new appointments

...the state during an important time. Also appointed were two new deputy commissioners in the Department of Corrections. Commissioner Joe Schmidt announced that Dwayne Peeples of Juneau and Sam Edwards of Wasilla would be joining him to run...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...Richard Gierloff. Inmate Edward L. Martin's attorney claimed prosecutors failed to prove he escaped. Alaska Corrections Commissioner Margaret Pugh said she and other state officials were astounded at the verdicts. Prosecutors denied Hartvigsen...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...over time.'' The governor has not responded, said City Manager Dave Palmer. Palmer met with Department of Corrections Commissioner Margaret Pugh to ask that Juneau's cost for prisoners in state facilities be set at the same rate charged...
Sex criminal due freedom

...1997 for keeping company with minors - a parole violation since Leck was not allowed to be around kids, said Corrections Commissioner Margaret Pugh. He was sent to prison again and transferred to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in 2000...


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