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.