Erik Bringswhite

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 15, 2018 Show 337 Hour 2

How do we keep our jails from filling with people who might better be served elsewhere?

The Safety and Justice Challenge, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, seeks to reduce the overuse of jails or, put another way, the over-incarceration of Americans.

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Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in South Dakota.  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the Rapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

Meth, according to Sgt. Dale McCabe, is a drug without barriers. McCabe has worked with the Rapid City Police Department since 1990, overseeing all violent crime cases the past eight years. Rapid City has seen a record number of homicide and violent crime cases in 2015, directly connected with increased illegal drug use. McCabe joined Dakota Midday to discuss meth, criminal justice reform, and how to the cycle of meth addiction and crime through deterrence, education and prevention.

Former Rapid City Gangster Gives Back

Jan 20, 2015
Erik Bringswhite

Erik Bringswhite grew up in Rapid City and spent nearly twenty of his early years in a gang where alcohol, drugs, violence, and weapons were commonplace. He ended up serving time in federal prison. While in the “hole” he says he realized he was destined to do better.

Since being released Bringswhite says he is now helping the community he once raged against by sharing his past experiences and the grim realities of gang life to help combat illiteracy, incarceration, and premature death of South Dakota youth.