About South Dakota Department of Corrections
The South Dakota Department of Corrections (SDDOC) oversees state prisons in South Dakota. Moreover, it runs the state's adult prison, adult parole, and juvenile correctional systems. This includes both teenagers committed to the Department of Corrections and placed in residential out-of-home placement and kids on supervised release, often known as aftercare.
The Department's headquarters are at Pierre's Solem Public Safety Center. Ideally, its major roles are outlined in Chapter 1-15 of the South Dakota Codified Law. These roles feature the following:
- Protect the citizens of South Dakota.
- Providing safe and secure facilities for juveniles.
- Adult offenders sentenced to their custody by the courts.
- Effective community supervision for offenders following their release.
- Use of evidence-based practices to maximize rehabilitation opportunities.
The Prison System in South Dakota
The SDDOC manages and administers the state's correctional institutions. It has an adult Corrections system, which includes:
- Four community work centers.
- Prison industries.
- Three large adult prisons.
- A prison annex.
Prisons for adults.
- Mike Durfee State Prison.
- The Jameson Annex South Dakota State Penitentiary.
- Women's Prison in South Dakota (inmate capacity 452).
- The Rapid City Trustee Unit.
- Yankton Trustee Unit.
Corrections for minors.
STAR Academy is located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) south of Custer on US Highway 385 in unincorporated Custer County. STAR Evergreen High School serves delinquent children. Moreover, the STAR campus has several parts. That is the:
- Admissions Unit for immigrants.
- Youth Challenge Center.
- Patrick H. Brady Academy for men.
- QUEST and Excel programs for women.
- West Farm for males.
The SDDOC has a rich history. On February 8, 1881, Territory Governor Nehemiah Ordway signed legislation establishing and administering a territory jail. The institution was to be erected on an 80-acre tract of land within the city limits of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory. Furthermore, the jail was to be erected on acreage within a mile of the city if no appropriate site inside the city limits of Sioux Falls could be obtained.
The directors were to contract a 125-150 person jail for $50,000 for land and building. The land could not exceed $500.
That's when the Department located two suitable places near Omaha and Milwaukee. But the $500 for site land was inadequate. Hence, the company purchasing the property pledged to make amends. The US government also provided $30,000 for a Sioux Falls prison and a measure allowing for acquiring funding to build the jail through federal cash under Chapter 23 of the Session Laws of 1881.
Further, these structures could not be built with the US government's $30,000 grant; hence the authorities approved the acquisition of 85 acres. The building's construction was requested once the site and designs were determined.
The Warden's Residence was built with legislative sanction. The warden had to reside on-site until 1989. Currently, it's the Board of Pardons and Paroles and Central Records that occupies it.
South Dakota became a state in 1889 and had two-cell block wings that flanked the core administrative unit. The jail yard barrier used to be wood. Warden N.E. Phillips built a stone wall instead (1893-1899). It is 11 feet thick, 182 feet long, 30 feet high, and costs less than $12,000.
Commission on Corrections
The state Corrections Commission was established under SDCL 1-15-1.13. The disciplinary commission's mandate is to assist the Department of Corrections in studying criminal justice issues and developing solutions. In addition, the Corrections Commission is obligated by law to examine trends and initiatives in South Dakota's criminal justice system.
As such, money from the prison industries revolving fund may not be utilized for improvements, development, or expansion of prison industries, save for essential operating expenses and equipment repairs without the commission's approval.
The commission has nine members, among whom the Governor picks three. In addition, each party's caucus leader must nominate one member from a list of three names given by the South Dakota Retailers Association. Members are appointed at the appointing authority's discretion and may be removed at any time. The commission must meet at least twice a year at the request of the secretary of corrections or the chair.
South Dakota DOC Victim Services
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The Victims' Assistance Program oversees state and federal subsidies that support organizations that enable victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and other violent crimes with;
- Crisis counseling.
- Other victim services.
Compensation for Crime Victims Program
Victims of violent crimes may get financial aid via the Crime Victims' Compensation Program. The Department of Public Safety administers this program, where inmates may pay up to $15,000 for expenditures incurred as a direct consequence of bodily harm or death of a victim of state, tribal, or federal offenses.
South Dakota Inmate Records
Official documentation and information about a person incarcerated in a correctional institution may be found in inmate records. It contains basic information, including the offender:
- Physical description.
- A summary of the charges.
- Sentence information.
- The maximum release date.
- The case number.
- Inmate's incarceration status.
- The legislation under which the criminal was convicted.
How to Obtain Counties' Inmate Records
Click on the current prisoner area on the Sheriff's Office's official website, which shows when you click on "Jail." Then, go to the jail section of the Sheriff's official page to see those currently in prison.
However, contact the local jail or Sheriff's office for information about convicts since the prison roster and inmate processes vary per jurisdiction.
How to Obtain State Correctional Facility Inmate Records
The South Dakota Department of Corrections offers an online offender search tool for identifying present offenders and those who have finished their terms and are no longer in DOC custody. Anyone interested in seeing information about an offender must submit one or more pieces of information, such as the following:
- Offender's first or last name.
- Their doc number.
- Physical description.
- Sentencing date.
- Correctional status.
- Sentence duration.
- The institution of incarceration.
For further information, interested parties may contact any of the SDDOC's correctional institutions.
This database contains public records regarding felony offenders sentenced to the Department of Corrections. A county jail, probation, or other sorts of monitoring is not included. The data is gathered from court filings and Department of Correction records and made available as a service.
First, you will have to possess with you the following offender details to conduct an SD DOC offender Locator search:
- SD DOC Number.
- Both Names.
Additionally, you will have to fill in an authentication response for the state's privacy to verify your submission. You will receive the list of all inmates in the facilities under SD DOC that match your details on the next page.
The website will lead you to an offender profile page with a physical description of the Offenders and their correction status, which may be:
- Active inmate.
- Active parole.
- Completed sentence.
- Or deceased.
You may also see the facility location if you click on the DOC number. The following inmate's additional details are available:
- Prospective parole.
- Release dates.
However, the SD DOC, its officers and staff, and the State of South Dakota are not responsible for the accuracy of the material on the website.
SD DOC State Prisoner Lookup
Please type the last name of the prisoner you want to search up or the first few letters of the last name you want to look up.
This search will only show those presently detained in a South Dakota correctional institution and out-of-state institution. However, the search will not include someone in a South Dakota correctional institution but was sentenced out of state.
Individuals in South Dakota may be considered for parole depending on their eligibility and relevant legislation, as decided by the South Dakota Department of Corrections. You can visit the Parole Board website for additional information.
South Dakota DOC Most Wanted Inmate Search
The South Dakota Department of Corrections keeps track of the most sought adult offenders on the run or the run. This link will redirect you to a website with the name and mugshots of every wanted individual in South Dakota. Clicking on a name will display news on the offender's release from the South Dakota Department of Corrections, which details the circumstances and the offenses committed by the sought individual.
There's also a link to parole absconders on the main website. This platform offers a text document with the names of the person and their parole agents.
South Dakota DOC Facility Locator
South Dakota Prisons has a searchable database of prisons in the state of South Dakota. The platform offers information about the incarceration facilities in the state. Such data includes the following:
- Visitation hours.
- Phone numbers.
- Direct website connections.
- And other prison information.