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What are Alaska Inmate Records?

Inmate records contain official information relating to an inmate in a correctional facility in Alaska. Inmate records may contain information such as name, date of birth, charges, sentence, the term of imprisonment, physical descriptions, and sometimes a photograph of the inmate. In compliance with Alaska's open record laws, all or some of this information can be accessed by interested members of the public.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Alaska Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Alaska Department of Corrections (AK DOC) is the agency with administrative powers over the correctional facilities in Alaska. The AK DOC provides various rehabilitative programs for inmates, including educational services, vocational services, health, and rehabilitation, etc. Institutions under the administration of the AK DOC include:

For further inquiry, an interested person may contact

Department of Corrections Anchorage
550 West 7th Avenue. Suite 1800
Anchorage, AL 99501
Tel: (907) 334-2391
Toll-Free: (844) 934-2381

Or

Department of Corrections – Juneau
Juneau, AL 9981-2000
Tel: (907) 465-3390

How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Alaska Prisons or Jails?

Inmates in Alaska prisons can receive money from family and friends by mail. Personal checks are not allowed. So, money orders or cashier's checks sent must be properly filled with the inmate's full name and identification number. There is a 10-day hold on money orders and cashier's checks before the funds are deposited in the inmate's account.

Checks are only accepted if they are certified or issued by the State of Alaska, U.S. Government, Corporate Dividends, refunds from vendors, postal money orders, certified checks, or payroll checks. An inmate may be able to disburse up to $250 to persons on the outside with the approval of the Superintendent.

How to Visit Inmates in Alaska Prisons

All prospective visitors to Alaska prisons must be approved to visit, and their names must appear on the inmate's approved visitor's list. Generally, to obtain approval, the inmate must mail a visitor's application form to the prospective visitor. Then, the intending visitor must complete the application form, mail it back to the specific facility, and wait for approval.

For approved visitations, an adult accompanying a minor to the facility must present the minor's birth certificate or guardianship paperwork at arrival for visits. Adult visitors must register their name, relations to the prisoner, address, and present valid photo ID upon arrival.

Note that except with the prior approval through security, each visitor may only visit one inmate in a 30 day period unless they have more than one immediate family member in custody. In that case, the visitor may see each inmate's family member on different days within the period. Furthermore, Alaska correctional facilities abide by strict rules and regulations on dress code and expected conduct during visits. Thus, prospective visitors must read the general visitation policy.

Who Can Visit an Alaska Inmate?

Not everyone may be granted access to visit an inmate in an Alaska facility. All visitors must be 18 years of age and older to visit an Alaska Corrections facility. There are many reasons a person may be denied access. One of them is a previous violation of the applicable visiting rules and regulations. Other reasons include:

  • The prospective visitor had been in the custody of a correctional facility and was only released within the 60 days before the intended date of visit. This does not include persons who are the inmate's family members or persons whose charges were dismissed or have been acquitted. In any case, the Superintendent may pre-approve a visit by persons whose release date falls within the 60 day period mentioned earlier.
  • Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not allowed to visit.
  • Persons who are denied visitation because they are considered a security threat and have been determined that their presence may jeopardize the safety and security of the facility.
  • Visitors who are minors must be accompanied by an immediate family member, an adult who is approved by the Superintendent or legal guardian. If they are not the child(ren) of the inmate, then they must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.

How to Perform an Alaska Prison Inmate Search

The Alaska Department of Corrections allows interested persons to perform a free inmate search by name on VINE, a prison lookup tool and victims notification service. Interested persons may also call the toll-free number, (800) 247-9763, to find a person in prison. For more information, an interested person may contact:

The Victim Service Unit
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1800
Anchorage, AL 99501-3570
Tel: (907) 269-7384
Toll-Free (877) 741-0741

How to Perform an Alaska Jail Inmate Search

Alaska police departments generally maintain booking lists and booking lists for persons serving time or held in custody. Interested persons must contact the local jail administrative staff for information on inmates held at that specific facility. Many police departments also maintain publicly available online databases that anyone can use to find a person in jail. The best place to find the local police department's website is the municipality website.

The Difference between Alaska State Prisons and County Jails

There are a total of 27 Alaska state prisons and county jails. The largest prison is the Goose creek correctional center, which can hold up to 1,536 inmates. The Anchorage correctional complex is the second-largest prison, with a capacity of 850 inmates.

The average daily population of all state prisons and county jails in Alaska is 2,000 inmates. The average cost per day to keep an inmate in custody is $102.65. The average cost per year to keep an inmate in custody is $37,313.

The recidivism rate for prisoners released from Alaska state prisons is 63%. This means that more than half of all prisoners released will end up in prison within three years.

Several programs and services are available to inmates in Alaska state prisons and county jails. These include academic and vocational programs, drug and alcohol treatment, faith-based programs, and work release programs. There is also a reentry program for prisoners who are nearing the end of their sentence. This program helps prisoners transition back into society and provides them with resources such as job placement assistance and housing assistance.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

The fastest way is to contact the facility where the inmate is serving time or call (907) 465-3485, especially if the person is in prison for a felony offense. The same applies to persons incarcerated in facilities maintained by local law enforcement. Either way, inmate records typically contain release dates. Anyone may also call the facility directly to inquire about inmate release dates. However, the record custodian will restrict access to these dates in certain cases, especially if releasing this information exposes the inmate to security risks.

How Do I Find Out Where Someone is Incarcerated in Alaska?

Information on persons serving time in a state prison in Alaska will be available to the public on VINE, the independent inmate lookup tool. Meanwhile, to find out if a person is in a local jail, the requester must first find out the arresting agency or the court where the criminal case was tried. In most cases, this is the law enforcement agency or court in the municipality where the offender lives. Then, the requester may perform an Alaska inmate search on the police department's official website and peruse the site for inmate listings.

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  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.