Eric Whitcher is director of the Public Defender's Office of Pennington County. He joins Midday to discuss the impact of criminal justice reform in South Dakota, the impact of SB70 in the state, and the intersection between poverty and justice.
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.
Pennington County is a finalist in the Safety and Justice Challenge, a grant program through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Sheriff Kevin Thom joins Dakota Midday to talk about what the department learned during the application process as well as criminal justice reforms.
Inmates seek the wisdom of Buddhism. Monk starts a poetry group inside the prison. Poets publish a book and donate the proceeds to Family Connection. Poet Lawrence Diggs joins Dakota Midday to tell the story.
The book is called “Prose and Cons: Poetic views from inmates detained by the South Dakota Department of Corrections."
Since the late 1970s there has been a 15,000 percent increase in SWAT team raids in the United States. Tonight on SDPB-TV, tune in for the Independent Lens feature documentary “Peace Officer.” (8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT)
It’s a look at the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence. He founded the state of Utah’s first SWAT team and then, 30 years later watched SWAT officers as they surrounded his son-in-law, who stood with a gun to his head in his own driveway.