Senate approves bills funding new South Dakota prisons
A pair of bills funding major new prison facilities now only need the governor’s signature to become law.
The Senate approved both bills Wednesday.
House Bill 1016 allocates $60 million to build a women’s prison in Rapid City.
House Bill 1017 provides $52 million to buy land and design a new men’s penitentiary in Sioux Falls. It also sets aside an additional $271 million for construction.
Proponents say the new facilities are needed to deal with overcrowding in prisons.
Both bills passed in a 32 to 1 one vote. The bills now head to Gov. Kristi Noem's desk.