The South Dakota Department of Corrections is responsible for the management of the state adult prison system, the state adult parole system and the state juvenile corrections system.  This includes juveniles committed to the Department of Corrections and placed in residential out-of-home placement, as well as youth that have completed their correctional placement and are on supervised release known as aftercare.

The administrative offices for the South Dakota Department of Corrections are located in the Solem Public Safety Center in Pierre, SD.

Statutory provisions outlining the powers and duties of the Department of Corrections are found in chapter 1-15 of South Dakota Codified Law. For access to South Dakota Codified Laws, visit the Legislative Research Council site.

Our Mission

To protect the citizens of South Dakota by providing safe and secure facilities for juvenile and adult offenders committed to our custody by the courts, to provide effective community supervision to offenders upon their release and to utilize evidence-based practices to maximize opportunities for rehabilitation.

Our Vision

A national leader in corrections that enhances public safety.

Our Values

We value our staff as our greatest asset.

We value a safe environment for staff and offenders.

We value community support and collaboration.

We value public trust in the operation of our department.

We value the use of evidence-based practices to maximize offender rehabilitation.

We value diversity and the respect for all individuals.

We value professionalism, teamwork and the highest standard of ethics.

We value investment in our staff through training in sound correctional practice and through the provision of opportunities for development and career advancement.



For information on DOC employment:  Bureau of Human Resources

For information on the DOC budget:  Bureau of Finance and Management

For information on procurement:   Bureau of Administration

For information on state contracts and Request for Proposals (RFPs):  Open SD

For information on state laws:  Legislative Research Council


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