Presumptive Probation

Governor Kristi Noem is asking lawmakers to put a hold on repealing presumptive probation.

The Senate Judiciary committee is voting on the bill Thursday morning.

Repealing presumptive probation was a key issue for Attorney General Jason Ravnborg during his campaign.

Noem says she understands why…

Governor Kristi Noem says the biggest question facing lawmakers is the potential ramifications of repealing presumptive probation.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s bill to remove the law is awaiting a committee hearing.

Presumptive probation was signed into law in 2013 as a part of the Public Safety Improvement Act. That law requires courts to sentence a person to probation, rather than prison time, for any Class 5 or 6 felonies, which are often low-level, non-violent drug offenses.

Senate Bill Ends Presumptive Probation

Jan 9, 2019

A bill sponsored by the South Dakota Attorney General repeals the presumption of probation for non-violent drug crimes.

The presumption was a part of a criminal justice overhaul package passed by the legislature in 2013.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg campaigned on ending presumptive probation. He says

Ravnsborg says Senate Bill 19 gives discretion back to judges.

New South Dakota AG Focusing On Work Ahead

Jan 9, 2019
Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 9, 2019 Show 491 Hour 1

South Dakota's new Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg joins In The Moment at the State Capitol in Pierre to discuss drugs, drug courts and presumptive probation among other issues.