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PSIA Annual Report Released

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, December 14, 2015

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard, 605-773-3212


EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:  For audio from the Governor on the PSIA annual report, visit news.sd.gov/media.aspx and click on “Audio” under “Governor Dennis Daugaard.”



PSIA Annual Report Released


PIERRE, S.D. – The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report to update the public on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms.


“We are already seeing positive results of the Public Safety Improvement Act which was passed less than three years ago. The prison population is now below initial projections; we saved millions of dollars this year by not having to build a new women’s prison; parolees have earned over 700,000 days of parole credit; and we have increased the state’s drug court capacity by five times,” said Gov. Daugaard. “While this report demonstrates a comprehensive review of the policy’s results, every number in this annual report represents a mother, father, son or daughter that has benefited from the criminal justice reforms.”


The Public Safety Improvement Act, which was sponsored by 70 legislators, passed in the 2013 Legislative Session. The Oversight Council is responsible for monitoring the implementation and outcome measures of the law.


Highlights from the report include:


  • The parole success rate increased from 37 percent of offenders in Fiscal Year 12 to 65 percent in Fiscal Year 15.
  • The overall prison population declined and exceeded the projected impact of the PSIA.
  • The female prison population decreased nearly 16 percent since passage.
  • The reliance on county jail bed days from direct county jail felony sentences decreased 27 percent.


Read the report here: http://psia.sd.gov/annualreport.aspx.


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