Legislation approved in South Dakota in 2013 was the result of a bipartisan, interbranch work group looking to avert projected prison population growth by 2022. Enacted reforms focus prison space on violent and career criminals by revising sentences for several nonviolent offenses while enhancing penalties for drug trafficking crimes and aggravated felonies. The act requires legislative fiscal impact analysis of any proposed legislation that increases prison terms. An oversight council was created to monitor performance measurement, training of court and corrections staff and parole board members, and funding to local counties for probation supervision. Reinvestment of savings generated was authorized for recidivism reduction strategies that include substance abuse and mental health interventions and improved collection of restitution.
SB 70 (2013)- Public Safety Improvement Act
SB 113 (2015)
SB 55 (2016)
Summaries of legislation can be found in NCSL’s Sentencing and Corrections Enactment Database.
Return to NCSL’s Justice Reinvestment State Resources page or learn more about NCSL’s Criminal Justice program.