criminal justice

Governor Proposes Major Juvenile Justice Reforms

Jan 13, 2015

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.

Research Examines Wrongful Convictions

Apr 4, 2014

No one wants to be accused of a crime they didn’t commit, let alone face jail or prison time for it. But it happens. One researcher is attempting to identify causes of wrongful convictions, and solutions to keep it from happening.

Researching Reasons for Wrongful Convictions

Apr 3, 2014
American University

Over the past couple of decades though DNA testing, hundreds of people in the U.S. have been exonerated of crimes they didn’t commit, including eighteen people serving time on death row. But why were they convicted in the first place? That’s something Jon Gould has researched as the principal investigator of the Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project at American University in Washington, DC.

Jackley's Proposals For 2014 Legislature

Jan 14, 2014

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley discussed his proposals for the 2014 legislature on Dakota Midday at the state capitol in Pierre Tuesday.  Jackley wants lawmakers to tighten the monitoring of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine, allow for the seizure of property from sex offenders and strengthen consumer protection.  His list of proposed legislation also includes adjustments to the state's 24/7 sobriety program and more notification options for crime victims.

Personal And State Economics Intersect At Crime

Jan 4, 2013
Victoria Wicks

By Victoria Wicks

Today’s Dakota Digest is the last segment in a four-part series. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks examines aspects of the state’s efforts to reduce prison populations by offering treatment and other community-based resources to offenders. That frees up prison space for violent and career criminals. Officials are optimistic that the money saved by not sending offenders to prison can adequately fund treatment, intensive supervision, and housing and job assistance for people whose only other option is going to the penitentiary.

Felons' Societal Issues Challenge Reform

Jan 3, 2013
Victoria Wicks

The State of South Dakota is launching a Criminal Justice Initiative to lower the prison population and the costs associated with it. This effort is inspired by studies that indicate the state will need another 224 million dollars in the next ten years if the system continues to grow at its current rate.
In this third segment of a four-part series of Dakota Digests, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks talks to experts about the challenges to finding community based services for possibly addicted, possibly mentally challenged nonviolent offenders who just can’t seem to stop committing crimes.