south dakota women's prison
Brenda Hyde, Warden
The South Dakota Women's Prison is part of the Solem Public Safety Center, a unique facility that houses a prison, state corrections offices, and law enforcement agencies of the state, county and city governments.
In 1995, legislation was introduced that authorized the construction of a new women's prison in Pierre. After the passage of the bill, the idea was pursued of joining resources with local governments to best utilize the new facility.
The completed facility includes the new state Women's Prison, the Central Office of the state Department of Corrections, Pierre Police Department, Hughes County Sheriff's office, a State Highway Patrol station, and State Division of Criminal Investigation agents.
The South Dakota Women's Prison opened and was dedicated on October 23, 1997.
The Women's Prison portion of the facility constitutes the majority of the 78,000 square foot building. There is a minimum security unit located outside the perimeter fence, known as Unit E. Another minimum security unit, the Intensive Methamphetamine Treatment Unit, is located nearby in the former DCI Training Building.
Prison Industries at the Women's Prison includes data entry for government agencies.
Inmates can take classes for literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED as well as receive treatment for chemical dependency and for sex offenses.
The state Department of Health provides medical, dental and optometric services for the adult corrections system. The state Department of Social Services provides mental health and chemical dependency services.
3200 East Highway 34
c/o 500 E. Capital Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501