Rising Cost of Incarceration Alarms South Dakota Officials
Correction: The cost of the increased prison population would be $224 million over 10 years. The time period was wrong in the original version of this story.
A South Dakota committee will examine rising prison costs and the state’s exceptionally high lockup rate in an effort to reform the criminal justice system and save money.
“This is not about being hard or soft on crime. This is about being smart on crime,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Wednesday from Pierre.
Daugaard spoke in a news conference from the Capitol in which he announced an 18-member panel he is calling the Criminal Justice Initiative work group. The group includes six legislators from both parties, three judges and others from the legal system or the governor’s office. They met Wednesday morning for the first time. They will reconvene monthly to produce policy recommendations by November that Daugaard can take to the Legislature in January. The group is working with the Pew Center on the States, a Washington, D.C., organization that analyzes state government issues.
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