Yakutat Community Jail

Custody/Security Info

Yakutat Community Jail is a low security facility located in Yakutat, AK. You can speak with staff during regular business hours at 907-784-3206. All of the inmates are housed together in dormitories or cubicle housing and two and three man cells. There is a double-fence around the perimeter with thick rows of razor wire. Compared to minimum security facilities, low-security prisons have a higher staff-to-inmate ratio. These facilities are also usually attached to or on the same campus as a larger facility complex or smaller satellite prison. Low-security prisons also offer strong work and program components to inmates to keep them occupied and productive. Many of the inmates in these facilities are either first-time low-risk criminals or those who have shown good behavior in the system and have earned the right to be in an environment that provides more freedom. They are provided with access to programs and training that will help to rehabilitate them so that they’re ready to get their lives back on track when released. A low-security facility is operated similarly to medium or high-security jails with controlled movement periods but the inmates are offered a wider range of recreational and vocational opportunities.

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Facility Type

The Yakutat Community Jail is run by the local police departments where arrestees may be detained for short periods similar to the Yakutat County Jail (which is run by the county sheriff). The security is tight, classified "medium" as the building is also the operations center for the PD. The jail is located at PO Box 110, Yakutat and inmates may be visited during posted hours. Visitation is often non-contact through protective glass, call 907-784-3206 for days and times.

Many inmate detainees are delivered daily on minor misdemeanor charges like being drunk or high, or with injuries from fights or assaults that led to their arrest. Some are mentally ill with no other place for the local police to place them. Some may stay less than one day or a few days until they are released in a court proceeding after putting up bail or on their own recognizance promising to return for their court dates.

This city jail is designed in "pods" with a large common area where the tables are affixed to the floor along with attached seats. There are individual cells usually on two levels. Most of the time all inmates must remain in their cells, but, there are times the inmates are allowed in the pod playing games, eating or watching television. The inmates do not leave the pod unless they are going to the commissary, the library or the recreation area, under the supervision of guards.