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A battle over presumptive probation is set to take place at the capital in the coming weeks.  Senate Bill 19, which would repeal presumptive probation, has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary committee.  Presumptive probation is a policy put in place in 2013 under the Daugaard administration and helped low level felony offenders avoid jail time.


New Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg campaigned on a platform of getting tough on crime, specifically drug related offenses.  His office is offering this legislation to the legislature in an effort to incarcerate more offenders in an effort to deter criminal activity.


The desire seems to have received a split reaction, some supporting the idea, some against it.  Senator Brock Greenfield of District 2 says he is an open mind heading into the debate on this issue...





The South Dakota Sheriff’s Association has announced support for the bill, saying it will allow judges more discretion when it comes to sentencing and battling the methamphetamine problem in the state.  The ACLU or American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the bill, citing cost.  According to numbers released by the state, taxpayers have saved an estimated $30 million since 2013 in avoiding sending these extra offenders to jail.  If SB19 passes, the ACLU claims not only would it cost the state those savings, but also force the state to invest over $200 million in a new facility to house the additional offenders.


According to Greenfield, this case needs further evidence before a decision can be made...





South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she is undecided on whether or not to support the repeal of presumptive probation.