JUNEAU, Alaska — Observing Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) requirements, Alaska has adopted its first written policy on prison rape. The document outlines a zero-tolerance policy on sexual misconduct, and provides guidelines and procedures consistent with PREA to reduce the risk of sexual abuse and assault in correctional facilities. The policy went into effect June 12, and the state will undergo a formal PREA audit sometime in the next year.Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Correctional News hosted the first Corrections Summit: West on Nov. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The event was designed to take attendees through the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operational process of a correctional facility through a series of presentations.Read more
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s new medium-security Goose Creek Correctional Center, scheduled to open next year, may be scrapped.
Originally built to save the state money in transferring inmates to facilities in other states, Alaska lawmakers are now concerned about the $71 million it will take annually to operate the facility, which is 3 1/2 times the cost Alaska now pays to house inmates to a private prison in Colorado.Read more
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Corrections recently changed private prison contractors and, as a result, will move 800 inmates from a privately owned penitentiary in Eloy, Ariz., to a facility located in Hudson, Colo., at the end of the year. In all, the ADC will house 1,000 inmates at the Hudson prison, with an 800-bed guarantee.Read more