User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


43° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

State Leaders To Focus On Crowded Prisons

July 17, 2012, 6:05 PM by Brady Mallory

State Leaders To Focus On Crowded Prisons

Crime is increasing in South Dakota, but space is not.  Prisons are filling up and costing thousands of dollars every year.

State lawmakers, court justices and Governor Dennis Daugaard are teaming up to find all feasible ways to bring prison numbers down.  Inmate numbers increased by more than three percent in the past year.  That may not sound like a lot, but officials say if that continues over the next 10 years, we could be seeing even more prisons in South Dakota.

The goal is to keep dangerous criminals off the streets, but the problem is where to put them.  At this rate, the state is running out of options.

As of July 2012, there is an average of nearly 3,546 inmates in South Dakota prisons, including about 730 at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls and more than 1,1200 at the Mike Durfee Prison in Springfield.

Currently, there are about 3,117 males and 429 females doing time behind bars.  This has fluctuated a bit since June.  It is crowded and costly.  Depending on the prison, the price tag per inmate in South Dakota has previously reached about $80 per day.

State officials want to reform criminal justice and improve cooperation between the three branches of state government.  They hope to make the criminal justice system more efficient and effective while keeping the public safe and holding criminals accountable.

On July 18, state leaders are holding a press conference to discuss what options could help solve this problem.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

14-Year-Old Dead After Being Run Over By Truck

10/25/2014 2:05 PM

A 14-year-old girl is dead after being run over in a parking lot just after 12:30 in Hartford.

Full Story
Authorities Find Body Of Missing Brookings Man

10/29/2014 8:17 PM

The search for a missing SDSU student has ended.

Full Story
Police Empty Grain Bin In Search For Missing Brookings Man

10/28/2014 6:02 PM

Jacob Heisinger hasn't been seen since early Thursday morning. Police sent out a plea asking the public for any information on his disappearance.

Full Story | Watch
Brookings Police Looking For Missing Man

10/27/2014 8:14 PM

The Brookings Police Department needs your help finding 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger. Heisinger was last seen around 1:40 am in the downtown Brookings ...

Full Story
Authorities Release Name Of Hartford Accident Victim

10/27/2014 10:38 AM

The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office says 14-year-old Carli Caslin was killed in a car vs. pedestrian incident in Hartford on Saturday.

Full Story


Events