Cleaning The Capitol While Overcoming Addiction

Jun 29, 2018

In The Moment ... June 27, 2018 Show 367 Hour 1

Millicent Brown cleans the floor of the Capitol Building in Pierre.
Credit Michael Zimny

Substance abuse is common among male and female inmates in South Dakota prisons. Department of Social Services statistics show that in 2017, 87 percent of adult offenders were substance-dependent at the time of intake. However, more women are incarcerated for drug offenses than men -- 65 percent of female inmates versus 27 percent of males -- while more males are in prison for violent offenses than females: 47 percent to 14 percent respectively.

SDPB's Michael Zimny introduces us to two female inmates. Both are repeat drug offenders who are hoping for another fresh start.