south dakota women's prison
Wanda Markland, Warden
The South Dakota Women's Prison is part of the Solem Public Safety Center, a unique facility that houses a prison, state corrections offices, and law enforcement agencies of the state, county and city governments.
In 1995, legislation was introduced that authorized the construction of a new women's prison in Pierre. After the passage of the bill, the idea was pursued of joining resources with local governments to best utilize the new facility.
The completed facility includes the new state Women's Prison, the Central Office of the state Department of Corrections, Pierre Police Department, Hughes County Sheriff's office, a State Highway Patrol station, and State Division of Criminal Investigation agents. The Women's Prison portion of the facility constitutes the majority of the 78,000 square foot building.
The South Dakota Women's Prison opened and was dedicated on October 23, 1997.
The Pierre Community Work Center is located nearby in the former DCI Training Academy. The Community Work Center houses minimum-security inmates on work release and community service status, as well as parolees in the Community Transition Program.
Prison Industries at the Women's Prison includes an embroidery shop. Badlands Quilting is a private-sector prison industry with a shop at the Women's Prison.
Inmates can take classes for literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED as well as receive treatment for chemical dependency and for sex offenses.
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
|Address:||3200 East Highway 34
c/o 500 E. Capital Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Video visitation is now available, but must be scheduled in advance. Video visitation registration and scheduling
Please be advised that visits may be delayed, suspended or cancelled because of security issues and some visitation schedules may be changed due to special activities. If you are traveling from out of town, you can call the facility control room to verify the visit schedules.