The Department of Corrections relies on volunteers who make invaluable contributions by providing direct or indirect services to offenders and/or staff in our facilities. Whether it is a non-profit or civic organization or just an individual who wants to make a difference, there are countless ways someone can help. Volunteers are not compensated directly for the services they provide.
If you are interested in volunteering your efforts, please read the Volunteer Handbook. The handbook includes information on interacting with inmates, the different levels of volunteers, working with the facility Cultural Activities Coordinator and the required forms. You can contact the Cultural Activities Coordinator at each facility to learn about the available opportunities to volunteer.
Prospective volunteers should also familiarize themselves with other DOC policies that would impact them if they choose to volunteer. You can access the following policies under the About Us tab or on the homepage of the website under Resources.
1.1.A.1 Mission, Vision, Values
1.1.C.1 Staff Code of Ethics
1.1.C.5 Staff Dress and Grooming Standards
1.1.C.10 Staff Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy
1.1.C.13 Screening of Staff, Volunteers and Contractors for Prior Sexual Abuse
1.1.C.15 Influenza Vaccination Control Plan
1.1.D.1 Staff Training Requirements
1.3.C.7 Tobacco Products and Electronic Cigarettes-Use and Possession
1.3.E.5 PREA Compliance with Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards
1.3.E.6 PREA Response and Investigation of Sexual Abuse/Harassment
1.5.F.4 Inmate Religious and Cultural Activities
DISCLAIMER: This is not an exhaustive list of applicable policies. For example, some policies include volunteers in the definition of staff. DOC policies that are considered public (available to offenders) are available on the home page of the DOC website under Resources and also under the About Us tab. When policies are updated, they are posted on the DOC website. A list of recently updated policies that may impact volunteers is available below.
While the Volunteer Handbook includes a list of items that are not allowed to brought into our facilities, South Dakota Codified Law 24-2-22 specifies that those who bring unauthorized items into one or our facilities with an intent to deliver that item or items to an inmate is guilty of a Class 6 felony.