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Landowners challenge state in court over new men's state prison location

The Lincoln County Courthouse building in Canton, South Dakota
The Lincoln County Courthouse building in Canton, South Dakota

Landowners from Lincoln County had their day in court against the state and its proposed men’s prison location.

The Neighbors Opposed to Prison Expansion, or NOPE, challenged the state’s ability to surpass county zoning ordinances.

The hearing was held in the Second Judicial Court by judge Jennifer D. Mammenga. The state said they have the right to build the prison -their largest point being that they own the land.

NOPE members hope to set a new precedent. They believe the state should have to comply with local county zoning rules.

Mammenga said she will have a written decision in the coming weeks.

Politics Canton & Lincoln County, South DakotaSouth Dakota Department of Corrections
Evan Walton is an SDPB reporter based in Sioux Falls. Evan holds a Master’s in English Literature from Southern New Hampshire University and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2015, where he served for five years as an infantryman.