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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - SD: Criminal Justice

South Dakota's prison population has increased by nearly 400 men and women over the past two years, according to the state's Corrections Commission. (doc.sd.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new billboard on a busy Sioux Falls street is part of the ACLU of South Dakota's Smart Justice reform campaign, ahead of the November election. South Dakota corrections officials have acknowledged that they're struggling to manage a growing prison population due to the

South Dakota could save more than $6 million a year if it reclassified the charge of ingestion of a drug to a misdemeanor. It is currently a felony. (dantes1401/Twenty20)

PIERRE, S.D. – What role will criminal justice reform play in South Dakota's elections this year? The ACLU of South Dakota says it should be a top issue for candidates. The group is launching its "Smart Justice" campaign today, pushing for a bigger focus on crime's connection to mental healt

South Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill to make local power-of-attorney laws more consistent with other states. (wwcares.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota's Power of Attorney document would match more closely those adopted in 25 other states if approved by the state Legislature this week. The document is especially important for seniors who want to designate a trusted friend or relative to look after their affairs s

Three people currently are on death row in South Dakota, but no execution dates have been set for them. (mprnews.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – The severely mentally ill would not be executed for committing a capital crime in South Dakota if a bill is passed by the state legislature this year and becomes law. South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is behind the bill. The advocacy group's director, Dennis

Hospitals in South Dakota and across the country face a shortage of beds for people experiencing mental health crises. (SilasCamargo/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is one of five states where state law says people experiencing a mental health crisis can be held in a correctional facility. Advocates for people with mental health issues call that a big problem. John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center,

Research has shown that positive approaches to youth crime are more effective than punitive measures such as prison at treating kids. (State Farm/Flickr)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The annual Racial and Ethnic Fairness Conference is taking place in Sioux Falls today, addressing disparities in the juvenile justice system and how to better treat youth in the system. The keynote speaker is retired professor Doctor Martin Brokenleg, who is speaking abou

A 3-year-old boy in Pierre was forcibly catheterized in order to get a urine sample from him. (BENCHAMAT1234/iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - The forced catheterization of a 3-year-old boy in Pierre has left the child in pain and his family with many unanswered legal questions. Weeks after sending a letter to the Department of Social Services, the ACLU of South Dakota still has not received justification for the agency's u

Advocates for survivors of sexual assault say South Dakota's rape kit testing law falls short by not requiring the state to find out exactly how many kits are sitting untested. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's new rape kit testing law is now in effect, but a sexual assault victims' group argues it may not go far enough to tackle the state's backlog. Currently, only about 350 untested rape kits are accounted for in South Dakota. Researchers at the Joyful Heart Foundation, ho

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