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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...
Corrections commissioner backs state - not private - prisons

...Affairs Committee. But Frank Prewitt, a former corrections commissioner working for Cornell Companies, a Houston...Murkowski supports the Mat-Su bill, his corrections commissioner said. Murkowski campaigned against private...
Palin names Schmidt as succession choice

ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Corrections Commissioner is second in line to head state government behind Lt...announced by Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin recently appointed Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt to succeed Parnell if the office of lieutenant...
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...
Ex-corrections official testifies in Anderson trial

...Thursday of how business is done on the fringes of the Alaska Legislature. Sound off on the important issues at Corrections commissioner-turned-consultant Frank Prewitt testified that he listened to a pitch from Bill Bobrick, a municipal lobbyist...
Trial reveals commissioner as informant

...on the important issues at The name of Don Stolworthy came up in testimony Friday. Frank Prewitt, a former Corrections commissioner and later a consultant for Cornell Industries, Inc., a firm that develops and operates private prisons...
Department of Corrections looking at ways to curb recidivism

...JUNEAU - Alaska's prison population could reach capacity by 2016, even as a new prison is just gearing up.Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the estimate speaks to the effort under way...
Electronic monitors for inmates make their debut in capital city

...monitors, which look something like a cross between a sports watch and a handcuff, this month. Department of Corrections Commissioner Margaret Pugh said 54 people in Anchorage, eight in Fairbanks and one in Kodiak wear the device. "Our goal...
Lawmaker revisits prison privatization

...5 million a year letting a private company run the Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla. But Deputy Corrections Commissioner Dwayne Peeples told a House Finance subcommittee Tuesday that his estimate was rough, with any true savings...
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