Minnehaha County Sheriff

Minnehaha County officials are implementing a new assessment that flags defendants who present a risk to the community. The effort is designed to help judges determine whether someone accused of crime should be released before trial. The process combines multiple factors but eliminates identifiers such as race, income, education, and family status.

In a Sioux Falls court case, the South Dakota Supreme Court is asked to settle a dispute before it goes to trial. The defense has subpoenaed a law officer’s personnel files, and the judge ruled that they can be examined in camera, or for her eyes only. But a Minnehaha County prosecutor says personnel files are confidential under state law and asks the court to adopt a federal test restricting release of personnel records.