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Overcrowded Prison Solution
By keloland.com - Sammi Bjelland
Published: 11/30/2012

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Overcrowding in South Dakota's prison facilities has many worried about the state's criminal justice system. But a group formed to create a solution, now have a proposal that would decrease the overflow and use taxpayers dollars more effectively.

The Criminal Justice Initiative work group is now proposing a plan they believe will help keep people with non-violent drug felonies out of prison.

"If the shift is more into community corrections, community supervision, work release. Those types of supervision levels on inmates, that could be a real saving for the state. And the county already operates facilities like that," Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said.

This new plan is made up of several parts that are still being hammered out by the group and the governor's office.

One of the key aspects is determining new ways to deal with offenders, that won't cost the taxpayers money.

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