Walker announces review of Corrections policies

Gov. Bill Walker has asked for an administrative review of Alaska’s Department of Corrections.

His office said the review will look for ways to ensure inmate safety and improve department policies, if needed.

It will be conducted by Dean Williams, a special assistant to Walker and former superintendent of a state juvenile detention center, and retired FBI special agent Joe Hanlon.

Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette said Hanlon, who’s working on contract, charges $125 an hour and has been approved to work up to 120 hours. The hope is to focus Hanlon’s time on the review’s most complex parts.

Corrections Commissioner Ron Taylor pledged support with the review.

In a release, Walker said he’s been looking for ways to improve the department’s operations and the review is a step toward that.