South Dakota State Records

What are Inmate Records?

Inmate records contain official documents and information relating to a person held in any correctional facility. It includes general information such as the offender's name, date of birth and physical description. Records may also contain a description of the charges, sentencing information maximum release date, case number, the status of the inmate, and the statute under which the offender was convicted.

South Dakota’s Prison Structure

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 of four community work centers for minimum-security inmates and parolees, prison industries, three main adult facilities, and a prison annex. An interested person may contact any of the facilities or visit their official website for more information.

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 E. Capitol Ave
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

Can Anyone Visit an Inmate?

Not everyone can visit an inmate. Certain persons are restricted from visiting unless they meet the conditions of visit and obtain official approval from the designated staff of DOC to visit. Restrictions are enforced for:

  • Persons with pending criminal charges, on parole or probation, are generally restricted from visiting an inmate. The Warden may, however, approve an inmate’s request for a video visitation with such persons who are immediate family members of the inmate.
  • Children under the age of 16 accompanied by a responsible adult whose name also appears on the inmates’ visiting list are generally allowed to visit an inmate except they are restricted due to special circumstances such as
  1. The institution had received notification of a court order or current protection order barring any contact between the inmate and the minor.
  2. The parental rights of the inmates have been removed
  • The child was a victim of the inmate’s crime
  • The inmate is a sex offender

Persons with criminal records who are immediate family members of the inmate are allowed to visit the inmate once they have met necessary conditions that satisfy an approval by the Warden.

The warden if the institution has final approval on who is approved or denied a visit to the inmate.

Visiting an Inmate

A person is allowed to visit an inmate if they have been approved by the DOC on the inmate’s visiting list. To be added to an inmate’s visiting list, the prospective visitor 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. The inmate must also have completed a Visit LIst Verification form. The prospective visitor may send the completed list directly to the institution where the inmate is located.

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 visiting 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.

The visitor may be required to wait for up to 1 day after the form has been received by the facility for review and response. Inmates are responsible for notifying the prospective visitor of the status of their application. Special visit request may be made and granted for visitors who have to travel up to 250 miles one way from their place of residence, emergency visits due to the death or serious illness of an immediate family member, visitors on the approved list who had not visited in the last 6 months. Special visitors’ applications are usually considered within 2 business days of receipt of the application form by the institutions. All visitors to a corrections facility in South Dakota are required to provide a valid government-issued photo ID to the institution’s control room staff at arrival. Acceptable forms of identification include driver’s license, passport, Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued ID, military ID, state-issued ID or other government-issued identification with the visitor’s photo, the expiration date on the face of it.

Original or certified birth certificates of children younger than 16, social security card, a court order confirming paternity, or 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.

South Dakota DOC strictly adheres to its Inmate’s visiting Policy. It is advisable for all prospective visitors to familiarize themselves with the visiting policy to foster a smooth and hassle-free visit, especially with regards to the dress code, searches, and conduct while within the premises of the correctional institution.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in a South DakotaFacility

Inmates in any corrections facility under the SDDOC, if they have signed the inmate admission form, will be allowed to authorize the DOC to create sub-accounts to which persons eligible to send money to the inmate may deposit funds for that inmate. Funds received on behalf of the inmate from an acceptable source are deposited into the inmate’s account. All funds from any unapproved source will be returned by mail at the inmate’s expense.

Inmates are only allowed to receive funds from persons on the approved inmate’s visiting list, their attorney or persons approved by the warden of the facility. 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 cash 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 Obtain Inmate Records from Counties

Counties such as Clay County, South Dakota State, provide online access to a list of their current inmate. The list may be accessed by visiting the official website of the Sheriff’s office and clicking on the current inmate section which drops down by clicking on ‘‘ Jail’’ on the website. 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. Information on inmates and other inquiries in each county may be obtained by contacting the county jail or the Sheriff’s office

How to Obtain Inmate Records from State Correctional Facilities

The South Dakota Department of Corrections provides an online offender search service for locating both current offenders and those no longer in the custody of a DOC corrections facility because they have completed their sentences. To view information on an offender, any interested person is required to provide on or more information such as the first or last name of the offender or their DOC number. Data included in the results may include the offender's name, age, race, gender, physical description, sentence date correctional status, conviction, sentence length, and the facility in which the offender is being housed. Interested persons may also contact any of the correctional facilities of the SDDOC for further inquiry.

South Dakota State Archives

State Archives

Contact:(605) 467-7589

Results Include

Full Criminal Case Details:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Blackmail
  • Conspiracy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Felonies
  • Firearms
  • Fraud
  • Infractions
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny
  • Manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Obstruction
  • Perjury
  • Parole Violation
  • Probation Violation
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Solicitation
  • Theft
Main entrance of Pennington County Jail

Pennington County Jail

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