Adult Corrections

Mike Durfee State Prison

Bob Dooley, Warden

The Mike Durfee State Prison is located on the campus of the former University of South Dakota at Springfield. The 1984 Legislature closed USD/S and authorized the Board of Charities and Corrections to establish the correctional facility. Springfield State Prison opened in December of 1984 when the female inmates from the Women's Correctional Facility in Yankton were transferred to the new institution. Male inmates began transferring to the institution in January 1985.

The institution remained co-ed with both males and females located on the same campus for several years. With the opening of the Herm Solem Public Safety Center in Pierre in November 1997, the women were transferred to the South Dakota Women's Prison within the Solem Public Safety Center, and the Springfield State Prison became an all-male institution for the first time. On September 10, 1999 the prison was renamed in honor of Mike Durfee, Deputy Director of the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

Most inmates at MDSP are Low Medium custody inmates.  There is also a disciplinary segregation unit at MDSP.  The prison is home to many programs, including Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED classes. Vocational Education classes in Welding, Machine Tool, Auto Body, Landscape/Horticulture and Auto Mechanics are also offered. Treatment programs are available for chemical dependents and sex offenders.  Many of the inmate work programs are based at the Durfee State Prison.

MDSP Vocational Industries

Inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield are taking part in a pilot program that allows them to have free video visits with approved family members and friends through Skype. Computers complete with webcams, audio speakers and headphones are set up in Science Hall. A staff member monitors all of the video visits. Visits are limited to 15 minutes in length and are held on weekdays between 8:25 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. and on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All video visits must be scheduled one week in advance. Inmate family members and friends on the inmate's approved visit list must call in on Tuesday’s between 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM central time to set up a video visit for the following week. The call in number is (605) 369-2201 ext. 3003. Inmates are limited to two video visits per calendar month. Segregation inmates are not eligible for the video visits.    Skype sign-up information 

Scheduling a Visit

Durfee State Prison also supervises the Community Work Centers in Yankton and in Rapid City.

The state Department of Health provides medical, dental and optometric services for the adult corrections system.   Correctional Health

The state Department of Social Services provides mental health and chemical dependency services.   Correctional Behavioral Health

Treatment is also offered for sex offenders.


Address: 1412 Wood Street
Springfield, SD 57062
Phone: (605) 369-2201
Fax: (605) 369-2813



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