While an Alaska Department of Corrections works through a plan to move inmates out of state, the increase in the state’s prison population is already having impacts at Juneau’s correctional facility.
The number of inmates has grown by 27 percent in the past decade and unless policy changes are made, prison populations are likely to grow another 27 percent by 2024.
U.S. Courts has hired new officers to deal with the release of drug offenders. Some “are not going to succeed. … It’s our job to minimize the harm they are going to create,” chief of probation said.