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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

300-400 federal inmates in SD could see early release in 2015

July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The U.S. District Attorney for South Dakota says a federal ruling that will make tens of thousands of inmates serving time eligible for early release could allow hundreds of drug offenders in South Dakota to get out early.

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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

3 years in prison for selling pot in Culver’s lot

January 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Two men involved with the intent to sell marijuana in Mitchell last summer were sentenced Tuesday.

Eric Ewing, 21, of Mitchell, received a three-year prison sentence for his intent to sell marijuana in the Culver’s parking lot.

The man who dr…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

SD chief justice says courts working on corrections reform

January 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Chet Brokaw

PIERRE (AP) — The court system is expanding existing programs and starting new ones to treat more nonviolent offenders outside of prison as part of the overhaul of South Dakota’s criminal justice system, state Supreme Court Chie…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

New year brings changes in SD probation system

January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Chet Brokaw

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota is making big changes in the way it handles offenders placed on probation, as part of an extensive overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system designed to avoid construction of new prisons.

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New year brings changes in SD probation system

January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Chet Brokaw

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota is making big changes in the way it handles offenders placed on probation, as part of an extensive overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system designed to avoid construction of new prisons.

Most…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com