Those who combat violence against women in South Dakota are applauding Governor Daugaard’s new Public Safety Improvement Act.
The Act includes broad reforms to the state’s criminal justice system. In part it targets non-violent offenders with probation and treatment rather than prison.
But it also has provisions to hold violent criminals more accountable.
Krista Heeren-Graber is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.