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.


33° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Daugaard: Reform Could Lower Crime Rates

January 9, 2013, 5:30 AM by Austin Hoffman

Daugaard: Reform Could Lower Crime Rates
PIERRE, SD -

One of the largest part of Governor Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address Tuesday looked at the state's prison population.  Legislation has already been drafted to try to ease the stress of overpopulation on the prison system.

Daugaard says 80 percent of South Dakota's prison population is made up of non-violent offenders and he wants to look at alternative sentencing to reduce that number.

The proposal Daugaard filed Tuesday has 18 different recommendations. He says it's not about being soft on crime but being smart on crime.

"In fact if you look over the last ten years, 17 states have lowered their imprisonment rate and during that same time all 17 of them also lowered their crime rates," Daugaard said during his address.

Daugaard says these states saw crime rates fall twice as fast as crime rates in South Dakota. 

Parts of the bill look at expanding the state's drug court system, which the governor says has proved to save money and keep offenders out of prison. 

Another section looks at creating a program similar to the 24/7 program but for drug offenders. Offenders would have to call in to a hotline daily to find out whether they have to take a drug test. If they don't call in or test positive, they would then face penalties.

We'll have live reports from Pierre throughout the morning with a look at some of the other high-profile proposals lawmakers are expected to take up in the weeks ahead.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES
Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

State Lawmaker Married A Day Before Heading To Legislature

1/19/2015 2:59 PM

Not many South Dakotans spend their honeymoon at the state Capitol.

Full Story
Congressional Delegation Reacts To Obama's Speech

1/21/2015 6:23 AM

Members of South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation say ideas presented by Democratic President Barack Obama in his State of the Uni...

Full Story
North Dakota Senator Invites Couple To State Of Union

1/20/2015 10:20 AM

Each senator gets one ticket for a guest, and Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson gave Heitkamp his ticket so she could invite both husband and wife.

Full Story
Republican Senators Want To Phase Out Social Security Tax

1/20/2015 1:38 PM

Minnesota is one of just seven states that apply an income tax to Social Security. Seniors who make less than $25,000 a year are exempt.

Full Story
U.S. House GOP Abruptly Drops Vote On Abortion Bill

1/22/2015 6:20 AM

Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of legislation criminalizing most abortions after 20 weeks of pr...

Full Story


Events