Groundbreaking held on new South Dakota women’s prison

October 17, 2023

RAPID CITY, S.D.–State officials broke ground Monday on a new women’s prison in Rapid City.

The Legislature appropriated $3.8 million to acquire the 20-acre site in eastern Rapid City and $60 million for construction, which will begin this winter with a target completion date of late 2025 or early 2026.

The new medium-security women’s prison will have space for 288 beds and will ease overcrowding at the state’s only other women’s prison in Pierre.