Goose Creek Correctional Center provides 1,536 beds for sentenced inmates with medium-security classificationThe system used by the department of corrections to determine the appropriate prison security level of a prisoner. Levels range from I (minimum) to V (maximum). Generally, the prisoner's institutional behavior, length of sentence and escape potential determine the appropriate level.; 1,280 are for general housing while the remainder include 16 for medical, 56 for punitive segregationUsually a small section within the segregation unit of a higher security prison for prisoners who are confined as a sanction for violating prison rules., 56 for administrative segregationA separate housing unit inside a prison in which prisoners are confined to their cells at all times except for limited outdoor exercise, showers and specific needs such as a medical visit. Segregation is used to manage offenders who have violated prison rules. and 128 for special management such as intake.
The facility consists of five buildings with a total 435,000 square feet constructed on a cleared perimeter of 90 acres within a 330-acre site. When fully operational, GCCC will employ a staff of up to 345. The Goose Creek Correctional Center is a new, $240 million, correctional center for long-term male felonyA type of crime of supposed greater seriousness than a misdemeanour. offenders.
“This is one of the largest vertical construction projects that’s ever taken place in Alaska. It’s like building an entire university campus at once” - Officer Russ Krafft
The new facility will be constructed on a 330-acre tract located at the intersection of Point MacKenzie Road and Alsop Road, approximately nine miles from Port MacKenzie. The project is a joint effort between the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the State of Alaska Department of Corrections. A phased-opening began in March, 2012 with full operation occurring by September 2013.