|Department Name||Alaska Department of Corrections|
|Currently Incarcerated Inmates||http://www.correct.state.ak.us/|
|Location||Juneau 802 3rd Street, Douglas, Alaska 99824|
When you are a law-abiding citizen, you may not know that a specific department is in charge of all disciplinary actions in the state. Well, that Department is known as the Alaska Department of Corrections.
Within this Department, you will find that their only focus is all things corrections. All this means there is the Department of Corrections focuses on individuals who are on parole, individuals who are on probation, and individuals who go through the prison system.
Once an inmate is formally convicted of a crime and sent off to state prison, they are then entering into the Alaska Department of Corrections.
As of 2020, Dignity Williams is the commander in chief here at the Department of Corrections. Williams works out of the headquarters in Juneau, but you can sometimes find him in the Anchorage office as well.
Williams is responsible for every state-operated facility inside of Alaska. He is the one who makes the big decisions on whether or not the facility is operating at the level it should, is the facility making a profit, or if the facility should be shut down.
The Department of Corrections department was put into motion in early 1959. Before the Department of Corrections came to be, the state did not have a corrections structure. This means people who committed a crime did not go to a state ran prison as there were no such prisons during this time.
During a report that was dated in 2005, Alaska stated that 30% of their inmates were serving time in Arizona ran facility known as the CCA. This meant that they did not have the capacity to house as many inmates in their facilities as the inmate population kept growing.
However, this issue would finally resolve itself four years later, in 2012. In 2012, all inmates transferred to the Arizona facility were eventually sent back to one of Alaska’s state ran facility.