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MERCER: When the mothers and grandmothers could see wrong, and led a change

September 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — South Dakota has traveled a long way since Gina Score.

The teenager’s death came 15 years ago, during a forced run, at the State Training School for juvenile offenders at Plankinton.

Boot camps were the fad then for dealing with many …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Fewer youths being sent to SD corrections facilities

September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — South Dakota judges sent fewer youths to juvenile corrections facilities in recent years, as other programs became more widely available and more frequently used, state and private officials said Wednesday.

Their comments came during …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

South Dakota official: Prison reform working

July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Kevin Burbach

PIERRE — A state law aimed at reducing South Dakota’s prison population and save money is working, South Dakota’s general counsel said Tuesday, saying that the number of offenders in drug courts has dramatically increased, l…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Governor appoints Wagner woman to Board of Pardons and Paroles

July 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Rev. Patricia White Horse-Carda of Wagner to the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles.

White Horse-Carda has served the Diocese of South Dakota as an Episcopal priest since 2010. Previously, she…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

OPINION: Stop wasting money on mass incarceration

July 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Jim Petersen

President of the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center

Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact in our country.

The United States holds 25 percent of the world’s prison populat…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

OPINION: Stop wasting money on mass incarceration

July 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Jim Petersen

President of the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center

Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact in our country.

The United States holds 25 percent of the world’s prison populat…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Plan would reduce Native American women prisoners

May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Nora Hertel

PIERRE (AP) — A criminal justice oversight council in South Dakota unanimously endorsed a proposal Monday to apply for a grant from the federal government to help reduce the disproportionate number of Native American women from …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

State embraces new approach to crime, punishment

April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

HURON — When sweeping reforms to South Dakota’s criminal justice system were passed last year, Denny Kaemingk knew the task ahead was a daunting one.

Kaemingk, secretary of the state Department of Corrections, has helped oversee the implementatio…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Boy under state’s care in Custer died from virus

February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — A death certificate says a virus killed a 17-year-old boy at the state-run juvenile corrections program in Custer.

The document says Brady Folkens died Dec. 21 from lymphocytic myocarditis associated with Parvovirus B19.

The D…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

YEAR IN REVIEW: January: Gov. Daugaard gets ‘smart on crime’

December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Gov. Dennis Daugaard decided to get “smart on crime” in 2013, unveiling plans for sweeping changes to the state’s criminal justice system during his State of the State address Jan. 8 in Pierre.

At the start of the 2013 legislative session, D…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com