Governor's Reentry Council

Governor Mike Rounds issued an executive order March 11, 2009 to create a special council to deal with the issue of  state prison system recidivism, or the return to prison or jail of  people who have been freed and commit more crimes.

Approximately 2,000 inmates are released from state prisons, parole and suspended-sentence supervision each year.  Nearly 30 percent of them return to prison within one year because they are convicted of subsequent crimes or violate terms of their parole or suspended sentence supervision.

The new council brings together various state officials in an effort to reduce recidivism by concentrating on the needs of people released from state custody. Most inmates being released from prison have individual needs that must be addressed in the community upon their release, including substance abuse, medical and mental health issues, education, employment and housing. If these needs are not met, the inmate is at greater risk for committing new crimes and returning to prison.

The Reentry Council has established a Reentry Workgroup to serve as a statewide multi-disciplinary implementation team to identify existing services as well as gaps and barriers in those services for inmates in the community.

Reentry Task Forces are in place in both Sioux Falls and Rapid City, made up of local leaders and community-based organizations that provide services to offenders. The Task Forces are also assisting in soliciting support and involvement in transition efforts at the community level.


Reentry Council    
Meeting Agendas
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Materials
March 26, 2009 March 26, 2009
January 8, 2010 January 8, 2010
October 31, 2011 October 31, 2011  
March 22, 2012 March 22, 2012 March 22, 2012
2012-2013 Reentry Council Annual Report    
2011 Reentry Council Annual Report    
2010 Reentry Council Annual Report    
2009 Reentry Council Annual Report    
Reentry Workgroup  
Meeting Agendas Meeting Minutes
Meeting Materials
April 1, 2009 April 1, 2009 April 1, 2009
September 24, 2009 September 24, 2009 September 24, 2009
January 6, 2010 January 6, 2010  
April 21, 2010 April 21, 2010  
September 27, 2010 September 27, 2010  
December 6, 2010 December 6, 2010  
April 11, 2011 April 11, 2011 Updated ARP Initiative Narrative meeting date 4-11-2011

2ndChanceActPolicyWorkgroup meeting date 4-11-2011

April 24, 2012 April 24, 2012 National Evaluation
    Year 2 Funding
    Prison Population
    Roadblocks to Reentry
    2nd Chance Act Update
Press Releases
10/6/2009 Gov. Rounds Announces Grant for Youth Reentry and Recidivism Reduction