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(S.D.)-Officials Study Prison Population, Much Higher Than Nearby States

By: Associated Press Posted at: 04/10/2012 10:33 AM

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says state officials
are studying why South Dakota locks up offenders at a much higher
rate than neighboring states do.
     State officials have said 416 of every 100,000 people in South
Dakota are incarcerated. That's much higher than the rates in most
nearby states.
     In an appearance on the Dakota News Network radio stations,
Daugaard on Monday said South Dakota should hold people accountable
for the crimes they commit. But he says South Dakota may be able to
use house arrest, electronic monitors and other methods to cut the
cost of protecting the public from lawbreakers.
     The governor says it's not a question of whether South Dakota is
soft on crime or hard on crime. He says the state has to be smart
on crime.
     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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