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Audit: Systemic problems in Corrections Department

...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 Walker.Corrections...
Hearing addresses string of Alaska inmate deaths

...aren't out of the ordinary. According to officials, 10 to 12 people die in Alaska jails each year. DOC Commissioner Joe Schmidt described the medical response to the deaths as good."There were a few technical issues we did encounter but nothing...
Photos: Governor's open house

...4, left, Colton, 11 months, top, and Cordell, 6, during the open house at the Governor's Mansion. Right, Joe Schmidt serves hot cider to Natalia Spengler, 10, as she waits in line for the event. Sound off on the important issues at
Department of Corrections looking at ways to curb recidivism

...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 within his department...
Palin names Schmidt as succession choice

...Parnell under a revised succession plan announced by Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin recently appointed Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt to succeed Parnell if the office of lieutenant governor becomes vacant. Under state law, Palin must designate someone...
Alaska moving prisoners from AZ to CO

...shifting 800 of its overflow inmates from a private prison in Arizona to one in Colorado. Alaska Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt said the prisoners will leave the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., for the Hudson Correctional Facility...
Lawyer: Campbell needs confirmation as lt. gov.

...Campbell would become the new lieutenant governor. But earlier this year, she had selected Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt as the designee, as confirmed by the Legislature. Tamara Cook, the Legislature's top lawyer, issued an opinion...
Mayor's team looks at homeless problem

...churches, advocacy groups and Alaska Native health organizations. Members include state Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt, Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Hogan, Alaska AIDS Assistance Association Executive Director Trevor...
Palin's naming of new No. 2 raises questions

...Legislature has already designated Commissioner of Corrections Joe Schmidt as next in the line of succession to be lieutenant governor...Legislature during the last session. "We all voted to confirm Joe Schmidt and talked with him about filling the duties of lieutenant...
State announces plans to add 2,000 prison beds

...has to fly prisoners to be housed in other states, with 800 now confined in Arizona, said Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt. The state's plan to address this includes a new, 1,260-bed prison in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and...


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