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Gov. Daugaard Receives ‘Smart On Crime’ Recommendations


            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, December 15, 2016

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


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



Gov. Daugaard Receives ‘Smart On Crime’ Recommendations


PIERRE, S.D. – Today the Smart on Crime Workgroup delivered its report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The workgroup was formed this summer by the Governor to study how the regional increase in meth trafficking has impacted South Dakota’s criminal justice system and to review the progress of the Public Safety Improvement Act, which was passed in the 2013 Legislative Session.


“I’d like to thank the workgroup members for their efforts through the summer and fall. The policy recommendations within the report represent the state’s next steps to fight the meth epidemic,” Gov. Daugaard said. “We have to concentrate on all three aspects of the policy recommendations: stopping meth from coming into the state, preventing people from using it and helping those who are addicted to live a sober life.”


Recommendations from the group include creating an interstate drug trafficking taskforce, coordinating existing meth prevention programs, and instituting a minimum sanction for parolees or probationers caught using while on supervision.


The workgroup consisted of prosecutors, judges, legislators, law enforcement, defense attorneys, members of the executive and judicial branches, and the Attorney General.


View the report at sd.gov/governor under “Quick Links.”