Several deaths in the past few years took place within days or weeks of being taken into custody.
During interactions with the police, people in Juneau with prior convictions could be asked to provide a DNA sample.
The Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton is finishing up a nearly $17 million renovation project and is scheduled to reopen Monday, about 5 years since it was shut down.
Only about 16% of inmates who applied for discretionary parole were released in 2020, down from a high of 66% in 2015.
Gyms are adapting, but some still face financial strain as Alaskans opt out of indoor exercise.
Five inmates overdosed at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River over a 24-hour period, from Monday night to Tuesday night, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections.
Second Chance, a program for people released from prison in Juneau, closed up shop after its federal grant expired. Social care advocates and state officials say the program is crucial in helping ex-prisoners re-integrate into society.
The Department of Corrections spokeswoman cites confidentiality in declining to provide more information.