South Dakota lawmakers hear from DOC Secretary Kellie Wasko  (Audio)

January 30, 2024

PIERRE, S.D.–The South Dakota Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee held a hearing Monday on the Department of Corrections (DOC) budget, but they also heard about safety concerns over the aging State Penitentiary.

Department of Corrections Secretary Kellie Wasko (picatured) talked about how dangerous it is for the night staff who work there……

The state is proposing to build a new $706 million penitentiary on state-owned land 4 1/2 miles south of Harrisburg.

The committee took no immediate action on the DOC budget or prison construction issues.