Performance-Based Measures System (PBMS)
In March 2006, the South Dakota Department of Corrections initiated participation in the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) Performance-Based Measures System (PBMS). The PBMS system is an effort of state correctional administrators to develop standards that measure correctional performance, enabling review and research of performance across jurisdictions. South Dakota was one of the first seven states to participate in this initiative which includes standards on public safety, institutional safety, substance abuse, mental health, justice, fiscal and education. This involvement ensures "apples to apples" comparisons of key measures of correctional performance and will allow the South Dakota Department of Corrections to measure it's adult institutional system against other states and eventually region and national averages and standards.
The South Dakota DOC reached aqua status in the project in November 2014, meaning the state is reporting the required characteristics and more than 75-percent of key indicators that are required by PBMS. The department is striving for 100% of the reporting requirements.