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NIC Review Leads to Changes in State Prison System
Thinking About Corrections


In a release on Oct. 25th to the South Dakota Department of Corrections Commission, the state announced plans to adopt all 15 of the recommendations made from a National Institute of Corrections (NIC) review of the state penitentiary.  This review was the result of an investigation into the homicide of Senior Correctional Officer Ronald “RJ” Johnson during a escape attempt by two inmates from the penitentiary in April, 2011.

The NIC report was produced after conducting staff interviews, unannounced observations of activities, reviews of documents and emergency simulations.  Recommendations in the report cover areas such as:

  • Formalization of the state’s current policies
  • Level of staffing analysis
  • Comprehensive review of all post orders
  • Relocation of panic alarms for easy access by staff

As part of the adoption process, the South Dakota Department of Corrections plans to follow implemented steps publicly, with the exception of one recommendation around security.

For local reports on the South Dakota Department of Corrections plans and NIC’s recommendations:

KSFY on  10/25/2011

Posted Mon, Nov 7 2011 10:13 AM by Susan Powell
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