Alaska inmate records are first created when someone is arrested and held for sentencing. Local police fill out a RAP sheet which records the person’s name, address, physical description, and other details about the crime committed. As soon as the offender is taken into custody, the paper trail begins and is updated as he or she moves along the system. Once they are sentenced to prison, their records go with them. Alaska uses a unified justice system with all law enforcement agencies connected to the same database for entering and updating inmate information. This central repository makes an inmate search quick and easy. The Alaska Department of Corrections oversees all prison facilities and inmates.
Despite the unified justice system, the state does not have an Alaska inmate locator feature on their Department of Corrections website where people could lookup an Alaska inmate. However, they do contract with the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system to offer a way for someone to search online for an inmate. They also provide a phone number for assistance. Anyone interested in finding out more about inmates held in Alaskan prisons can also contact the Alaska Department of Corrections to inquire. The state does allow victims of a crime to be notified if their offender is released, escapes, is moved to a work release facility, or dies while in custody. Always contact the state ADOC to find an inmate. When searching privately for arrest, criminal or other inmate records, try the Infotracer search tool.
Alaska uses a unified justice system with all government agencies connected to a central database to share information. The Alaska Department of Corrections oversees the prison facilities and all inmates. A superintendent supervises each prison. The state has thirteen prison facilities but no federal prisons. Federal inmates are held in state prison until sentencing and then moved to a federal prison in Oregon. The Alaskan prison system is made up of:
Unlike most states, Alaska does not have any federal prisons. They do have thirteen state prisons and fifteen county jails. Many inmates, however, await their hearing or trials in short-term facilities within the state prisons. Alaska does not contract with any out-of-state prisons. Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice is the agency in charge of seven facilities that house youth offenders. Some of the facilities also offer treatment and rehabilitation programs along with continuing education so that inmates can progress with their schooling while completing their sentence.
Alaska’s prison system holds 4,434 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 3,829 residents are held in state prisons, 10 in federal prisons, 4 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 40 in local jails.
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Alaska has thirteen state prisons. They house not only long-term inmates with multi-year sentences but also short-term offenders and people awaiting trial.
Alaska’s Department of Corrections website does not offer a way for the public to perform an Alaska prison inmate search on their website. Therefore, anyone wanting to know if someone is incarcerated in Alaska, must either:
The Alaska Department of Corrections also contracts with SECURUS Technologies to provide inmates with a way to contact friends and family . According to the ADOC “(F.F.L). SECURUS is required to meet federal requirements as imposed by the Federal Communication Commission and the local requirements required by the Alaska Regulatory Commission for services and fees.”
Alaska has fifteen county jails throughout the state. However, many arrested suspects end up in short-term facilities within the state prisons rather than a local jail. The fifteen jails are as follows:
Some local jails serve only tribal offenders.
Friends, family, and the general public trying to perform an Alaska jail inmate search may first try contacting the Alaska Department of Corrections, and they can tap into their collective database. If the person searching knows the county where their loved one was arrested, then they could also contact the local county police department for more information.
Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice oversees the seven juvenile detention centers around the state. Many of these facilities double as rehabilitation and treatment centers for drug abuse, sex offenses, and other mental health issues involving youth offenders. There are a total of 220 beds available within these seven facilities; 106 are designated for detention, and the other 114 are for treatment. The seven institutions are:
Each of the facilities provide the following services:
Juvenile detention records are considered private in Alaska. Therefore, someone interested in locating an Alaska inmate held at one of the seven facilities would have to be a family member or other authorized agent. Anyone, however, can contact Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice for more information on inmate privacy and how to obtain records.
People in Alaskan prisons or jails were convicted by a jury of their peers to be held in custody for a specific length of time. Out of the 4,400 inmates in Alaska prisons, one-quarter of those (1,203) were convicted of a violent crime such as murder, sexual offense, assault, kidnapping, or robbery. The next largest group of inmates in Alaska were convicted of offenses to the public, such as failing to pay child support, harassment, disorderly conduct, and other crimes against individuals. Almost six-hundred inmates are in prison because they violated the terms of their parole.
Alaska’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 281, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 38%. The number of Alaska prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 4,434, from which 9% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 4,024 in 2016.
Many of Alaska’s inmates go to one of the eight Alaskan halfway houses upon release. On average they house about 300 people at a time. However, the high rate of recidivism indicates that this program isn’t working. Alaska has used the halfway house system for more than twenty years. According to Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams, inmates claim the “temptation to use drugs within a halfway house is too high.” The state is currently considering moving to smaller “transitional housing” or “sober living” residences with only a handful of inmates living there so that parolees with drug or alcohol issues have a better chance of making it on the outside.
Parole in Alaska is reserved for felons released from prison. It is a supervisory program in which an inmate is released before completing their entire sentence. The parolee must agree to specific terms and check in with a parole officer regularly. The Alaska Department of Corrections describe their mission as: “The mission of the Division of Probation and Parole is to enhance community safety. We utilize proven practices and effective supervision to improve the successful community reintegration of probationers and parolees.” Alaska’s parole division is split into three geographic regions to cover all areas of the state.
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|State Parole Population:||1,812|
|Change in 2016:||-13%|
The goal of probation is to “provide supervision to offenders to assist them in dealing with problems that may have led to their arrests and convictions.” Often when released from prison, the prison board may impose probation on the inmate. When that happens, the parole division is in charge of enforcing the “conditions of supervision established by the Alaska Board of Parole and the Court, such as treatment issues, substance abuse, mental health, and ensuring offenders pay restitution/fines.”
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|State Probation Population:||6,621|
|Change in 2016:||1%|