Governor Proposes Major Juvenile Justice Reforms

Jan 13, 2015

Barbed wire tops the fence surrounding the Western South Dakota Regional Juvenile Services Center in Rapid City. The plan proposed by Governor Daugaard would use facilities like this less often for non-violent juvenile offenders.

Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing major reforms to the way the state deals with juvenile delinquents.    Daugaard’s proposal mirrors changes made to the adult system two years ago-in that it seeks alternative punishment for non-violent offenders rather than incarceration in expensive state intuitions.

Some lawmakers praise the governor’s proposed reforms – but others are critical of his failure to address another issue effecting young people in the state – the teacher shortage.