South Dakota County Contemplates Future Of Crowded Jail

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It could be the busiest year ever for a jail in the western part of South Dakota, and officials are debating the future of the facility.

Sheriff Brian Dean told the Lawrence County Commission earlier this month that the jail is nearly full. The meeting prompted board discussion on housing options once the jail is full and the possibility of building a new jail.

Dean says the average daily population at the jail is more than 40 and that its nine-year average is 34. He says jail trends are being monitored and cautioned that one busy year doesn’t a trend make.

Dean says it may be necessary to house some inmates at the Meade County Jail for a fee.

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