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.


15° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

 Winter Storm for March 2-3, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar


Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to ushare@keloland.com

Storm Center Update

 

News

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

 

Alternatives For Juvenile Offenders

December 12, 2011, 5:09 PM by Brady Mallory

Alternatives For Juvenile Offenders
SIOUX FALLS - A few years ago, South Dakota was ranked number one with the most juveniles behind bars per capita.

The number has since dropped because of increased efforts to give kids and teens under 18 more options than just the juvenile detention center.

The approach to helping and handling juvenile offenders is not a simple process.

"We want to make sure these kids come to court and won't re-offend until court," Erin Srstka, Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Coordinator, said.

Not all kids and teens in trouble with the law qualify for detention because they are not considered high risk. Srstka said there is a need for alternatives to help low to medium risk offenders who might have high needs.
Two options the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative will use include about $15,000 from Minnehaha County for electronic monitoring, and a $100,000 federal grant for reception centers in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.  The centers will help get the right kid in the right place at the right time based on their needs.

"It's a temporary screen and sort center. Our reception center will have a waiting area, couple of separate rooms for counseling, a kitchen, bathroom, a shower in case the kid wants to shower," Srstka said.

Resources like this reception center will not take a one-sized fits all approach.

"It's not just a kid got in trouble, but it's for family re-unification, chemical dependency, resources for parents that they can access if they need to help their kids with something," Srstka said. 

On December 13, a steering committee will decide when to put these alternatives to action. The goal is to have them up and running in January to better serve troubled youth in Sioux Falls.

"Instead of putting a kid in detention, we still want to hold them accountable. We want to place them somewhere based on their risk," Srstka said.

Similar alternatives in other parts of the country have helped decrease the incarceration population in other states by 40 percent.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES
Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Semis Crash When Both Don't Fit Under Overpass

2/23/2015 12:32 PM

A semi driver had to be taken to the hospital following a crash on Interstate 90.

Full Story
Two New Members Join The KELOLAND Family

2/23/2015 4:41 PM

The KELOLAND family grew by two over the weekend.

Full Story
Minnesota Man Catches Walleye Whopper

2/27/2015 10:21 AM

Paul Ell of Big Lake, MN snagged a 11.6-pound, 29.5-inch walleye after 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Full Story
3 Teens In Custody After Driving Stolen Vehicle

2/24/2015 11:04 AM

Early Tuesday morning, a Sioux Falls woman reported her 2001 Land Rover Discovery was stolen. A set of keys were left in the vehicle's center cons...

Full Story
Woman Admits To Having Sexual Contact With A Teenager

2/27/2015 10:44 AM

A former Sioux Falls teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact charges for a relationship she had with a student. 

Full Story


Events