The first batch of roughly 130 prisoners will arrive at the new Goose Creek Correctional Center next week, though a test group of about 30 inmates has been living there since March.
The Department of Corrections has hired about 40 people to work at the facility and they are still recruiting, but they say prisoners will be expected to pick up a significant share of the workload.
“We didn’t buy gasoline powered lawnmowers, they’re all going to be reel mowers and we’ll have shifts of people that mow,” said Joe Schmidt, corrections commissioner.
In return, inmates will have access to job training, GED classes, and substance abuse treatment for those who need it.
DOC expects the Goose Creek Correctional Center to fill up by 2016 or 2017 as the state of Alaska brings its prisoners back from Colorado, where they’ve been housed for the past few years.
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