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Dave Gregory and Darin Nicholson

Voters asked City Council hopefuls Darin Nicholson and Dave Gregory about Unalaska's housing, budget, and more during last week's Candidates Forum.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

This winter, UniSea had planned to employ four prison inmates at its Unalaska fish processing plant.

But company officials say the "Transition to Work" program remains in limbo, following the election of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

"We're basically on standby," said Ferdie Lopez, UniSea's local safety and security manager. "We've been waiting for the Department of Corrections (DOC)."

Newscast: 12/10/18

Dec 10, 2018

This winter, UniSea will employ four prison inmates at its fish processing plant in Unalaska. KUCB swapped today's newscast to ask President and CEO Tom Enlow why the company is participating in a work release program run by the state Department of Corrections.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

This winter, UniSea will employ four prison inmates at its Unalaska processing plant, following the company's decision to join a work release program run by the state Department of Corrections.

The goal of the "Transition to Work" initiative is to chip away at Alaska's high re-offense rate by helping qualified inmates to learn new skills and prepare for life after prison.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

It's too soon to say whether the appointment of a new state corrections commissioner will affect the inmate work program that Unalaska is scheduled to join this winter.

New Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Wednesday that he's picked state Rep.-Elect Nancy Dahlstrom to lead the Department of Corrections (DOC).

Does she expect to make any changes to the Transition to Work program, which is on track to employ four prisoners at UniSea's fish processing plant in Unalaska?

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