Alaska Statutes.
Title 33. Probation, Prisons, and Prisoners
Chapter 30. Prison Facilities and Prisoners
Section 11. Duties of Commissioner.
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AS 33.30.011. Duties of Commissioner.

The commissioner shall

(1) establish, maintain, operate, and control correctional facilities suitable for the custody, care, and discipline of persons charged or convicted of offenses against the state or held under authority of state law; each correctional facility operated by the state shall be established, maintained, operated, and controlled in a manner that is consistent with AS 33.30.015 ;

(2) classify prisoners;

(3) for persons committed to the custody of the commissioner, establish programs, including furlough programs that are reasonably calculated to

(A) protect the public and the victims of crimes committed by prisoners;

(B) maintain health;

(C) create or improve occupational skills;

(D) enhance educational qualifications;

(E) support court-ordered restitution; and

(F) otherwise provide for the rehabilitation and reformation of prisoners, facilitating their reintegration into society;

(4) provide necessary

(A) medical services for prisoners in correctional facilities or who are committed by a court to the custody of the commissioner, including examinations for communicable and infectious diseases;

(B) psychological or psychiatric treatment if a physician or other health care provider, exercising ordinary skill and care at the time of observation, concludes that

(i) a prisoner exhibits symptoms of a serious disease or injury that is curable or may be substantially alleviated; and

(ii) the potential for harm to the prisoner by reason of delay or denial of care is substantial;

(5) establish minimum standards for sex offender treatment programs offered to persons who are committed to the custody of the commissioner; and

(6) provide for fingerprinting in correctional facilities in accordance with AS 12.80.060 .

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