Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Presumptive Probation Repeal Fails In SD Senate BHKN Archive
February 26, 2019

Presumptive Probation Repeal Fails In SD Senate

A bill to repeal presumptive probation in South Dakota failed in the state Senate last week, despite the proposal’s support from new Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. According to KNBN NewsCenter1, senators voted 18-12 against Senate Bill 19, which the Legislative Research Council predicted would cost the state $54 million in the next decade.

Governor Kristi Noem also asked legislators to hold off on voting in favor of the bill, which passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee February 21st, 5 votes in favor to 2 votes against.

The presumptive probation policy that is currently in place requires South Dakota judges to sentence specific non-violent felony offenders, often those facing drug possession and use charges, to probation rather than prison, unless the judge feels that there is a significant risk to the public. This policy has been in place since 2013, when a Republican-led overhaul of South Dakota’s justice system aimed to reduce expensive population growth in the state prison system.

Ravnsborg says the previous policy hasn’t worked, and meth addiction continues to be a problem in South Dakota, with rising populations for county jails instead of state prisons. Opponents warned that repealing presumptive probation would not allow legislators to avoid building new prisons. The 2013 overhaul has saved South Dakota approximately $28 million, and a repeal would likely result in more people being sent to prison, and overall, more prison space being made necessary.

Read more about government and citizenship on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.

Related items

  • Butte County Requests Federal Funding For Flood Recovery

    Following considerable rainfall and flooding in May, Butte County roads and bridges suffered extreme damage. This damage prompted county commissioners to declare an emergency in…
  • Community Criminal Justice Reform Group Seeks Public Input

    I Am Legacy, a community organization and store located in Rapid City’s Rushmore Mall, is trying to make change in the Rapid City criminal justice…
  • Rapid City Legal and Finance Approves $3.9M To Purchase Former NAU Building

    The City of Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee approved a resolution Wednesday allowing $3.9 million in Vision Funds to toward the $5 million purchase…

Get Involved!

  • Need more information? Rapid City Public Library associates are standing by to answer your questions! Ask away in the box below during business hours for live feedback.

    For more on this feature, click here.

  • bhkn donate

    Enjoy our work? Donate today to ensure that community members will have access to our wealth of news, history, and data for years to come.

  • 211 logoDid this post inspire you to get involved? Visit our partner 211's Volunteer Database to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

525 University Loop, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 716-0058   [email protected]