Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Alaska

I. Alaska Department of Labor

Contact:
P.O. Box 111149
Juneau, AK 99811
907-465-2700
907-465-2784 fax
Web Site: www.labor.state.ak.us/

Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

A. Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Contact:
Employment Security Division
Alaska Department of Labor
P.O. Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99811
907-465-5955
907-465-8753 fax
Web Site: www.labor.alaska.gov/bonding/home.htm

B. Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact:
Alaska Department of Labor Workforce Development
P.O. Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99802
907-465-5955
907-465-5558 fax
Web Site: www.jobs.state.ak.us/wotc.htm

C. Unemployment Insurance Office
Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Forms and information may be obtained at any local One Stop Center and via the internet at www.labor.state.ak.us/offices/. (See also Section VII of this site “Local Service Providers.”)

Contact:
Employment Security Division
Alaska Department of Labor
P.O. Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99811
907-465-2712
907-465-4537 fax
Web Site: www.labor.state.ak.us/esd/home.htm

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II. Criminal Record Repository

This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

To obtain a criminal history, a cover letter explaining why the history is needed must be sent. Included must be the applicant’s name and address, a full set of fingerprints and a $35 fee payable to “The State of Alaska."

Contact:
Alaska Department of Public Safety
Administrative Services
Bureau of Records & Identification
5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
907-269-5767
Web Site: www.dps.state.ak.us

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III. State Attorney General

Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Contact:
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811
907-465-3600
907-465-2075 fax
E-Mail: Attorney_General@law.state.ak.us
Web Site: www.law.state.ak.us

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Alaska Correctional Industries

Alaska Correctional Industries (ACI) is a program of Alaska’s Department of Corrections. The agricultural, industrial, and service enterprises employ individuals incarcerated within the state’s correctional system. A skilled and experienced production manager supervises each business. Products and services are available for sale to local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as school districts, non-profit organizations, and designated wholesalers.

Contact:
Alaska Correctional Industries
Alaska Department of Corrections
444 H Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-272-6307
907-770-6304 fax
Web Site: www.correct.state.ak.us/corrections/institutions/

Alaska Department of Corrections

 

Contact:
Alaska Department of Corrections
802 3rd Street
Douglas, AK 99824
907-465-4652
907-465-3390 fax
Web Site: www.correct.state.ak.us/

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V. State Department of Parole / Probation

The Alaska Board of Parole

The Alaska Board of Parole consists of five members appointed by the Governor. Its purpose is to consider parole release for eligible Alaskan inmates and parole revocation of parolees, and to investigate applications for Executive Clemency.

Contact:
Alaska Board of Parole
P.O. Box 112000
Juneau, AK 99811
907-465-3384
907-465-3110 fax
Web Site: www.correct.state.ak.us/corrections/Parole/

Contact:
Region II (Fairbanks, Barrow, Bethel, Kotzebue, and Nome)
Adult Probation & Parole
455 3rd Avenue, Suite 130
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-458-6830
907-458-6831 fax

Contact:
Southcentral (Districts - Anchorage, Dillingham, Kenai, Kodiak, Palmer and
Alaska Division of Community Corrections
4500 Diplomay Drive, Suite 219
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-269-6041
907-269-7371 fax

Contact:
Southeast (Districts - Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan)
121 Seward Street
Juneau, AK 99801
907-465-3180
907-465-2881 fax

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VI. Legal Assistance

Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

A. State Public Defender

Contact:
Public Defender Agency
Department of Administration
900 West 5th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-334-4400
907-269-5476 fax
Web Site: www.doa.alaska.gov/pda/

B. Legal Services

Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) is a private, nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. There are nine community offices. General information about ALSC may be found on the internet at www.alsc-law.org.

Contact:
Anchorage Law Office
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
1016 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-272-9431
907-279-7417 fax

Contact:
Bethel Law Office
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
P.O. Box 248
Bethel, AK 99559
907-543-2237
907-543-5537 fax

Contact:
Dillingham Law Office
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
P.O. Box 176
Dillingham, AK 99576
907-842-1452
907-842-1430 fax

Contact:
Fairbanks Law Office
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
1648 Cushman, Suite 300
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-452-5181
907-456-6359 fax

Contact:
Juneau Law Office
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
419 6th Street, Suite 322
Juneau, AK 99801
907-586-6425
907-586-2449 fax

Contact:
Ketchikan Law Office
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
306 Main Street, #218
Ketchikan, AK 99901
907-225-6420
907-225-6896 fax

Contact:
Kotzebue Law Office
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
P.O. Box 526
Kotzebue, AK 99752
907-442-3500
907-442-4111 fax

Contact:
Nome Law Office
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
P. O. Box 1429
Nome, AK 99762
907-443-2230
907-443-2239 fax

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
Alaska Bar Association
P.O. Box 100279
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1900
Anchorage, AK 99510-0279
907-272-7469
907-272-2932 fax
E-Mail: info@alaskabar.org
Web Site: www.alaskabar.org

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VII. Local Service Providers

Community agencies are available to assist individuals with criminal records find employment. This information will inform individuals with criminal records about government agencies and community-based organizations that assist with employment, education or vocational training. Researchers and policy makers may find this information useful in identifying agencies and service providers in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.

Alaska Job Center

Alaska Job Centers are also known as One-Stop Centers. Information on local offices is available at: www.jobs.alaska.gov/.

Contact:
Employment Security Division
Alaska Department of Labor
P.O. Box 25509
Juneau, AK 99802
907-465-2712
907-465-4537 fax
Web Site: www.jobs.alaska.gov/

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New Life Development, Inc.

New Life Development Incorporated is an agency committed to helping ex-offenders live lives of purpose and passion. It provides transitional supportive housing programs for men, women, and women with children who have had involvement with the criminal justice system; homeless prevention services; chemical dependency education; and employment services that include on-site job training, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and collaboration with partnering employment specialists and job developers to assist program participants.

Contact:
New Life Development, Inc
1231 Gambell St., Suite 200
Anchorage AK 99501
Ph: 907-868-8090
Fax: 907-258-0470
Web Site: www.newlifedevelopmentinc.com/home/

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