Journey of a Reentrant

In Alaska, two out of three people who are released from prison end up going back in. The impacts of recidivism go beyond just the former prisoner to their families and the entire community. But learning to reenter the community is hard. People have to find housing and jobs all while trying to stay sober and rebuild social connections. During the One Course Discourse discussion at Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage, the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) worked with a group of community partners to share their stories of successful reentry and how the community can support people as they exit prison.

The slideshow that was shown during the presentation, courtesy of the DOC



  • Morgen Jaco – the Reentry Program Manager at DOC
  • Troy Buckner – Executive Director of New Life Development
  • Kathryn Gudde – Resident, New Life Development
  • Jon Woodard – Ironworkers Local 751
  • Anthony Ladd – Ironworkers Local 751
  • Venus Woods – CITC Recovery Services
  • Wesley Brewington – CITC Peer Support Recovery Services



RECORDED: Friday, August 25, 2017 at Bear Tooth Theatre.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT


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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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