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South Dakota Inmate Records

Inmate records are official documents containing information relating to persons held in any correctional facility in South Dakota. These documents are open for public inspection per the South Dakota Sunshine Law. Persons who obtain inmate records can expect to see information such as the inmate's full name, birth date, physical description, and mugshot. Inmate records also contain a description of the charges, sentencing information, maximum release date, and the inmate's status.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the South Dakota Department of Corrections

The South Dakota Department of Corrections is the agency responsible for the management and administration of correctional institutions in the state. The adult corrections system consists of four community work centers, three main adult facilities, and one prison annex. Interested persons may contact any of the facilities or use the prison lookup tool.

South Dakota State Penitentiary
1600 North Drive
P.O. Box 5911
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
(605) 367-5051

Jameson Annex
1600 North Drive
P.O. Box 5911
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
(605) 367-5120

South Dakota Women's Prison
3200 East Highway 34
c/o 500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-6636

Rapid City Community Work Center
2725 Creek Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703
(605) 394-5294

Mike Durfee State Prison
1412 Wood Street
Springfield, SD 57062
(605) 369-2201

Yankton Community Center
178 Mickelson Drive
Yankton, SD 57078
(605) 668-3355

How to Visit Inmates in South Dakota Prisons

A person can visit an inmate if the DOC has approved them on the inmate's visiting list. To be added to an inmate's visiting list, the individual must complete the required visitation form by downloading it on the official web page of the South Dakota Department of Corrections, calling the facility to request for it, or have it sent to them by the inmate. Then, the prospective visitor may send the completed list directly to the institution where the inmate is serving time. Likewise, the inmate must also have completed a visit lIst verification form.

There are two types of visits permitted by the DOC, a Class I and Class II visit.

  1. Class I visit takes place in a designated area in an adult facility; limited physical contact is permitted between the inmates and the visitor.
  2. Class II visit takes place with the inmates separated from the inmate in a glassed-off designated visiting area. No physical contact is permitted.

South Dakota DOC has an inmate's visitation policy detailing instructions on dress code, ID requirements, and conduct during visitations to the correctional facility. Generally, inmate visitations are scheduled in advance, and all visitors must present a valid government-issued photo ID at the prison entrance. Acceptable forms of identification include driver's license, passport, Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued ID, military ID, or state-issued ID.

Original or certified birth certificates of children younger than 16, social security card, a court order confirming paternity, or a certificate of adoption may be required if the minor does not have an acceptable form of identification. Children under the age of 5 yet to obtain a birth certificate or social security card may be exempted.

How to Send Money to Inmates in South Dakota Prisons

If inmates in any corrections facility under the SDDOC have signed the inmate admission form, they will be allowed to authorize the DOC to create sub-accounts. Persons eligible to send money to the inmate may deposit funds into these accounts. Generally, inmates can only receive funds from persons on the approved inmate's visiting list, their attorney, or persons approved by the facility's warden. Funds may be sent to an inmate's sub-account by:

  • Mail. Money orders, US cashier's check. Business or payroll checks may be sent by mail to the inmate's mailing address and will be deposited into the inmate's institutional account. Personal checks are not accepted.
  • Electronic transfers
  • Funds deposit Kiosks at the institution

Online deposits through JailATM may be available in some correctional institutions under the SDDOC; it is advisable to contact the particular institution for inquiries.

How to Perform a South Dakota Prison Inmate Search

Anyone interested in conducting a South Dakota prison inmate search may query the state Department of Corrections search tool for a free inmate search by name. The South Dakota DOC provides an online inmate search service for locating both current and past offenders.

To perform an inmate lookup, interested persons must provide the inmate's full name or DOC number. A typical search will return information such as the inmate's non-confidential biodata, sentence date, correctional status, conviction, sentence length, and the facility of incarceration.

How to Perform a South Dakota Jail Inmate Search

Individuals that need to know how to find out if someone is in jail may search specific county websites. Counties such as Clay County provide online access to a list of their current inmates. Researchers may perform an inmate search in South Dakota by visiting the Sheriff's official website and clicking on the current inmate section, which drops down by clicking on "Jail." For example, the "Who's behind bars" section of the Minnehaha Sheriff's office is also accessible under the jail section of the Sheriff's office official page. Researchers may also find a person in jail by contacting the county jail or the Sheriff's office.

The Difference between South Dakota State Prisons and County Jail

South Dakota state prisons and county jails are operated by the South Dakota Department of Corrections. The department is responsible for the custody and supervision of offenders sentenced to prison or jail, as well as those on probation or parole.

The department offers a variety of programs and services designed to rehabilitate offenders and reduce recidivism. These include educational opportunities, substance abuse treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, and work release programs.

South Dakota has four state prisons: the South Dakota State Penitentiary, the Jameson Annex, the Mike Durfee State Prison, and the Women's Prison. The South Dakota Department of Corrections also operates a juvenile justice system, which includes a youth challenge program and a juvenile detention center.

The South Dakota State Penitentiary is the oldest and largest prison in the state, housing more than 1,500 inmates. The prison offers a variety of programs and services, including education, vocational training, substance abuse treatment, and work release.

In addition to the state prisons, there are 26 county jails in South Dakota. These jails are operated by the county sheriff's office and are responsible for the custody of offenders sentenced to jail, as well as those awaiting trial.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

Interested persons can confirm an inmate's release date by visiting the South Dakota Department of Corrections' website. The SDDOC has an Offender Locator page that researchers may use to search inmates' status and confirm proposed release dates. Often, the publicly available release date will only show month and year. Exact release dates are restricted from public access to protect the inmate's safety. As such, only the inmate's immediate family members, crime victims, attorneys, and authorized criminal justice officials have access to exact inmate release dates.

South Dakota State Archives

State Archives

Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Property Records
  • Asset Records
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Main entrance of Pennington County Jail

The prison started as a small two-story building and is now the home of the county Building and Grounds Department.

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