Mike Durfee State Prison
Bob Dooley, Warden
The Mike Durfee State Prison is located on the campus of the former University of South Dakota at Springfield. The 1984 Legislature closed USD/S and authorized the Board of Charities and Corrections to establish the correctional facility. Springfield State Prison opened in December of 1984 when the female inmates from the Women's Correctional Facility in Yankton were transferred to the new institution. Male inmates began transferring to the institution in January 1985.
The institution remained co-ed with both males and females located on the same campus for several years. With the opening of the Herm Solem Public Safety Center in Pierre in November 1997, the women were transferred to the South Dakota Women's Prison within the Solem Public Safety Center, and the Springfield State Prison became an all-male institution for the first time. On September 10, 1999 the prison was renamed in honor of Mike Durfee, Deputy Director of the South Dakota Department of Corrections.
Most inmates at MDSP are Low Medium custody inmates. There is also a disciplinary segregation unit at MDSP. The prison is home to many programs, including Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED classes. Vocational Education classes in Welding, Machine Tool, Auto Body, Landscape/Horticulture and Auto Mechanics are also offered. Treatment programs are available for chemical dependents and sex offenders. Many of the inmate work programs are based at the Durfee State Prison.
Durfee State Prison also supervises minimum-security units in Yankton and in Rapid City.
The state Department of Health provides medical, dental and optometric services for the adult corrections system. Correctional Health
The state Department of Social Services provides mental health and chemical dependency services. Correctional Behavioral Health
Treatment is also offered for sex offenders.
1412 Wood Street
Springfield, SD 57062