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Ketchikan Detention Home
By Aan Kadax Tseen


October 16, 2006

Bring back the Ketchikan Detention Home or what we called DH in the old days was my or our deterrent for getting in any trouble in Ketchikan, Alaska because we didn t want to end up at the DH. The Detention Home was right next to the Walker Baseball Field and the old City Water Works on Park Ave.

The problem in Ketchikan for young teenager boys and girls getting in trouble is there is no place for them to be incarcerated for short periods of time for their crimes. Ketchikan needs to bring back the DH with cells, jump suits, barb wire fences and jailers. The City of Ketchikan and State of Alaska should give the young teenagers the real taste of their future if they don't change their ways. I know it works young teenagers are savvy to the Local, State and even Federal laws and know nothing is going to happen to them if they break laws and being under aged.

Instead of your Local Government Officials wasting your tax dollars on bridges, docks, and old schools, they should consider building a Detention Center for Ketchikan and also could serve Metlakatla, Craig and Klawock? It would create year around local jobs.

In closing, I just remember growing up in the early 60's that I didn t want anything to do with the DH and remain a law abiding young citizen in Ketchikan. This is my opinion.

Aan Kadax Tseen
Hixson, TN

Received October 12, 2006 - Published October 12, 2006

About: Aan Kadax Tseen aka Don Hoff Jr. is a"Past City Councilman and Vice Mayor - City of Ketchikan; Past Board of Director - Ketchikan Public Utilities; Past O.S.H.A. Review Boardmember - State of Alaska; Past I.R.A. Councilman - Ketchikan Indian Community. Tongass Tribe member of the Gaanax adi Clan, Yei l Hit (Raven House). "



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