KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

SD State Pen. Prepares For Judicial Reform



Bookmark and Share

In an effort to lower incarceration rates in South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed his self-proposed judicial system reform into law earlier this year. The law focuses on treating non-violent offenders rather than imprisoning them.

 

The reform is already taking place. But, a lower prison population could bring a different set of problems to the state penitentiary.


An important goal for the warden and staff of the prison is to prepare inmates to return to society.

    

“We're in a growing community and there are plenty of jobs.  So, we have to prepare people to get a job and how to be successful to not come back here,” said Warden Daren Young.

 

But, with a judicial system reform in the works, fewer non-violent criminals will be coming to the prison, their punishments will be geared toward rehabilitation. Something many, including the governor, say is a good thing. However, less non-violent offenders, means a stronger concentration of inmates who have been convicted of violent crimes.       

 

“The risk is going to be higher. We'll have higher risk individuals that will be here and we have to be prepared for that and we are prepared for that,” said Warden Young.

 

But, preparing for every inmate to walk through the doors can be challenging. 

 

“These are the tools that we can hone in on with. Make sure we're addressing they’re needs as oppose to just assuming everybody needs to do some certain class and that everybody is the same because they're not the same when they come here,” added Warden Young.

 

Needing a new prison by the end of the decade was a fear state government officials pointed out during the last legislative session. With reforms in place to avoid that need, The South Dakota State Penitentiary prepares for a different group of inmates.   

 

“We want to be efficient with tax payer dollars. We are running at a pretty good number of inmates right now and we hope that are count is going to plateau off,” said Young.

 

The South Dakota State Penitentiary is offering a new GED program that allows prisoners to get an education while serving their sentence.  

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Light Display Honors Deceased Husband  story with video

Decorating a home for the holidays has taken on a whole new meaning for a 75-year-old ...

SD Trying To Lure Lawyers Into Rural Practice

Federal grant money has long been available for doctors, nurses and ...

Shopping Rush May Continue Till Christmas Eve

The final weekend before Christmas is coming to a close, but the rush ...

Local Christmas Tree Farm Closed For Season  Dec. 21

Angel Tree Shines Light On Sioux Falls Agency  story with video  Dec. 21

Florida Police Officer Fatally Shot  Dec. 21

Firefighters To Give Toys To Hospitalized Children  Dec. 21

Woman Sentenced For Using Personal Data  Dec. 21

Freeman Nonprofit Explores $15M Arts Center  Dec. 21

USDA: SD Nov. Milk Production Increases  Dec. 21

SD Historical Society To Host NASA Webcast  Dec. 21

Officer Fatally Shoots Man In Rapid City  Dec. 21

MOA Officials 'Disappointed' With Protestors  Dec. 20

Reactions To Sony Cancelling, "The Interview"  story with video  Dec. 20

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping At Pop-Up Store  story with video  Dec. 20

Great Bear Reopens After Five-Day Shutdown  Dec. 20

Christmas Comes Early For Commuters  Dec. 20

2 NYC Cops Fatally Shot Inside Patrol Car  Dec. 20

4 Guns Confiscated At IA Airport This Year  Dec. 20

IA Flu Hospitalization Doubles In Recent Weeks  Dec. 20

KDLT News Archive
     

Local Christmas Tree Farm Closed For Season

If you still don't have a Christmas tree, you might ...

Florida Police Officer Fatally Shot

Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and ...

Light Display Honors Deceased Husband  story with video

Decorating a home for the holidays has taken on a whole ...

Woman Sentenced For Using Personal Data  Dec. 21

Shopping Rush May Continue Till Christmas Eve  Dec. 21

Officer Fatally Shoots Man In Rapid City  Dec. 21

Angel Tree Shines Light On Sioux Falls Agency  story with video  Dec. 21

Firefighters To Give Toys To Hospitalized Children  Dec. 21

KDLT News Archive
     

Heat Recall Skyforce Andre Dawkins  story with video

MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have recalled guard ...

Big Turnout For Snowfox Candy Cane Classic  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  The three day Snowfox Candy Cane Classic swim ...

Comeback Coyotes Win At Montana  story with video

MISSOULA, Mont. —Tyler Larson scored six of his team-high 15 points in ...

USD Tops North Dakota For 7th Straight Win  story with video  Dec. 21

Jacks Work Overtime For Dramatic Win At Utah State  story with video  Dec. 21

Jacks Down Utah State To Win World Vision Classic  story with video  Dec. 21

PENTAGON CLASSIC: O'Gorman Tops Western Christian, Washington Falls  story with video  Dec. 20

O'Gorman Boys Bounce Back Against Watertown  story with video  Dec. 20

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top