State’s Prison Population Continues to Rise

Despite criminal law reforms passed in the last few years, the number of prisoners held in South Dakota continues to rise, with just under thirty-nine hundred in state facilities last month.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says prison has to be used as a last resort

Daugaard says a surge in drugs is driving most of the prison numbers

Daugaard says the state continues to look for the best solutions

Daugaard says a 24 – 7 random screening program for drug offenders is being rolled out to more locations in the state.