South Dakota Senate approves funding package for new men’s prison construction (Audio)

February 28, 2024

PIERRE, S.D.–South Dakota Senators have voted to approve over a quarter of a billion dollars in state funds to plan and construct a new men’s prison.

On a 27 to 6 vote, the Senate approved Senate Bill 49. It allocates $132 million in general funds and nearly $94 million in state reserves. It also allocates $10 million in federal funds.

Republican Sen. John Wiik (pictured)  from Big Stone City carried the bill on the Senate floor.

Republican Senator Jim Bolin from Canton represents the district where the Department of Corrections wants to place the new men’s prison. He spoke in opposition, not about the location between Canton and Harrisburg, but about the funding mechanisms.

The bill now heads to the House.