Lawmakers in the State Capitol gathered Wednesday to hear the annual State of the Judiciary message presented by South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson. Gilbertson says the Rural Attorney program that started five years ago has 50-percent participation from eligible counties. The program is expanding to include municipalities. The retention portion of the program is working..
Gilbertson says the states system of drug and alcohol courts are working to keep people out of prison.
Gilbertson says comprehensive legislation passed in 2017 speeds up mental health evaluations in the criminal justice system…