Going home: How Alaska Natives released from prison get stuck in Anchorage

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First of three partsA group of released Alaska Native prisoners meet Friday mornings in downtown Anchorage to find a way back to their rural villages.They are men who committed serious crimes but finished their sentences and are trying to complete the conditions of their parole. Many are trapped in Anchorage by rules and waiting lists for treatment, struggling to stay off the streets and out of trouble until they can get home.Some describe being released from prison with nothing — not even their own clothes or money — and expected to find their way in a city that was alien to them, far from their familiar subsistence communities, surrounded by alcohol and drugs in shelters and on sidewalks.At Friday's meeting, a sex offender described being...

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