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The Department of Corrections of the state of Alaska is an agency of the state government responsible for corrections. The Department manages institutions, parole and probation. The current commissioner is Dean Williams.[1] The agency has its headquarters in the Douglas area of Juneau and offices in Anchorage.[2]

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Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionAlaska, USA
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Map of 's jurisdiction.
General nature
HeadquartersAnchorage, Alaska

Agency executive
  • Nancy Dahlstrom, Commissioner



The State of Alaska assumed jurisdiction over its corrections on January 3, 1959. Prior to statehood, the Federal Bureau of Prisons had correctional jurisdiction over Alaska.[3]

As of 2005 Alaska kept more than 30% of its prisoners in private facilities out of state, most of them at the Florence Correctional Center in Florence, Arizona, owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. These statistics left Alaska ranking #2 among states in percentage of its inmates in private prisons, and unlike New Mexico, the leader, many of the Alaskans were detainees awaiting trial.[4]

By 2009 Alaska had moved these prisoners from Florence to CCA's Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, and were moving them again, to the Hudson Correctional Facility in Hudson, Colorado, then under contract with prison operator Cornell Companies.[5] The opening of the new $240 million Goose Creek Correctional Center in July 2012 allowed the state to bring those prisoners back to Alaska.


Fallen officersEdit

Since the establishment of the Alaska Department of Corrections, 1 officer has died in the line of duty.[6]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Department of Corrections Home Page." Alaska Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "History of Lemon Creek Correctional Center" (Archive). Alaska Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Carroll, Tony (31 Oct 2005). "Many Alaska prison inmates still being sent thousands of miles away". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ Holland, Megan (10 Aug 2009). "Alaska prisoners to move from Arizona to Colorado". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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